The West Deptford Township Republican Party said Michael Krawitz, a candidate for township committee in Gloucester County, notified them of his withdrawal via a hand-written note.
"I am officially withdrawing as a candidate for the Republican Party in the election on November 8, 2016 for West Deptford Township committee," the note, written in pen on blue paper, reads.
A reporter for the website the Daily Beast exposed [the GOP candidate as] the writer of obscene posts towards her.
One reads: "[Expletive] You. Olivia, I. Hope. Somebody. Rapes. You. Today. :)."
Another comment reads: "Hope. You. Get. Raped. By. A. Syrian. Refugee. :)"
In a post dated August 10, Krawitz asked Nuzzi on Facebook: "How's. The. Gun. Crime. In. Democrat. Chicago. Oliva. You. Ugly. Stupid. [Expletive.] :)"
In a statement to Action News, Olivia Nuzzi says:
Reporters, particularly female reporters, are frequently subject to harassment from internet trolls. It strikes me as unprecedented that such a troll be given the legitimacy that comes with a spot on the ballot as a Republican, the minor nature of the position he is seeking notwithstanding. I've been covering Donald Trump since before he formally launched his candidacy and, given that, I've been on the receiving end of a lot of colorful hate mail. However, I've never had a candidate for public office essentially call for my rape or assault before. I do believe in free speech, and so in my view, it's up to the Republican Party of West Deptford and the voters to decide if they want this man representing them. I have faith that most voters in New Jersey and around the country disapprove of hateful rhetoric of this nature. As a reporter, bullying of this kind from would-be politicians makes you fear for your First Amendment rights. As an American and a woman, it makes you fear for the state of our country and the safety of half the population that inhabits it.
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