GOP candidate at Shore loses party’s backing after crude video emerges

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A Republican candidate running for state Assembly in a competitive South Jersey district is losing his party’s support after he made sexually aggressive remarks captured on video.


“Let me tell you right now: You should (have sex with) me,” the candidate, Brian McDowell, tells a woman in a bar, using a crude expression for the act. “It would be really good. Listen, you never know.” 

McDowell, a North Wildwood real estate broker, is running to represent the First Legislative District, which spans Cape May and parts of Atlantic and Cumberland County. His remarks were first reported by Politico. 


McDowell was a contestant in the 2005 season of The Apprentice, the NBC show that starred Donald Trump. McDowell says he coordinated Trump’s presidential campaign in Cape May. 

Marcus Karavan, chairman of the Cape May County GOP, wrote in an open letter dated April 6 that “issues and information” had surfaced related to McDowell “that were unknown” to the county committee before it endorsed him. 

“[T]his information places this candidate in a light that is inconsistent with several of the core principles of the Cape GOP,” Karavan wrote. “Accordingly, we cannot in good conscience support this candidate going forward.”





McDowell told Politico he would not drop out of the race. “There are human errors and even Jesus dropped the cross three times,” McDowell told Politico. “I’m not running to be the pope. I’m running to make New Jersey more affordable.”

Democrats Bob Andrzejczak and R. Bruce Land are the Assembly incumbents in the district and that they are up for reelection this year.






















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