Betsy Driver, a member of the LGBT community, gets pushback from GOP, support from city council
Flemington Mayor Betsy Driver recently posted rather unflattering comments on social media about President Donald Trump as well as the U.S. Supreme Court. Now, top Garden State Republicans are calling for her resignation.
In part, the post read: “If you voted for the orange monster with COVID, go f— yourself. If you plan on voting for him again, unfriend me and go f— yourself again.”
[They] “can have recourse at the voting booth in two years,” said Driver
The posts on Driver’s Facebook page, which were shared by TAPInto and the Hunterdon GOP’s web site, used foul language in disparaging remarks about Trump’s supporters, and called conservative SCOTUS justices “religious zealots.” Driver has said that her post was in response to an NPR article that reported on Justices Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito, who have spoken out against same-sex marriage.
Driver, who is a member of the LGBTQ community and married to Loretta Borowsky, has said that the Hunterdon County Republicans used a cropped image of her post, which was made on her personal Facebook page. New Jersey Republican Chairman Doug Steinhardt has made calls for Driver to apologize for a post he has called “bigoted and hateful.”
Jack Ciattarelli, a former state assemblyman hoping to get the Republican nomination for governor in next year’s election, took it a step forward and said that Driver should resign as mayor. Hunterdon GOP chairman Gabe Plumer echoed the sentiment, saying that Driver should resign immediately.
“Your statement is antithetical to the principles of representative democracy,” Plumer said. “It is further proof that you do not represent the people of Flemington, the character of Hunterdon County, and the values of at least a part of the Democrat party.”
At a recent borough council meeting, Driver responded to members of the community who wanted her resignation by saying they “can have recourse at the voting booth in two years.” Near the end of that meeting, Democratic council president Caitlin Giles-McCormick spoke out in support of Driver’s postings.
“I understand if people are offended by it, and it is completely fine to be offended by it; I’m not trying to convince anyone otherwise,” Giles-McCormick said. “But to understand the context is vitally important, and the fact that the mayor was responding privately out of concern that two Supreme Court justices were saying that they were willing to overturn marriage equality and threaten families… the tax implications of those things, the inheritance implications of those things, are incredibly serious.”