Fueled by a new letter to the editor written by Lee Lucas, Gloucester County Republican Committee Chairman Bill Fey todayfired off his ownmissive tothe embattled 3rd District Assembly candidate asking him to exit the race.
“Once again Mr. Lucas has decided to make insensitive remarks in a letter to the editor. As I’ve said before Lucas does not represent the rank-and-file of our Party and he needs to go,” Fey said. “This time I am asking that Mr. Lucas keep his word and leave the Party.”
An anti-establishment Republican who rocked the GOP’s world down here when he won the primary, Lucas earlier this summer confirmed published reports that he used the “N” word.
He then refused to budge underthe statewide weight of party leaders calling for him to stand down.
This week, in a letter to the editor of the Gloucester County Times, Lucas wrote,”Gentlemen of the Republican leadership: I can have nothing to do with you because you cannot, and will not, struggle against big oppressive government,” a snippet that Fey immediately seized on in trying to extricate his party from Lucas.
“Since Mr. Lucas has chosen to put in writing that he can have nothing to do with the Republican Party, it is time for him to honor his words and get off the Republican ticket,” said Fey in a parapharase of his letter to Lucas.”I have sent him a letter requesting that he be a man of honor and keep his pledge of having nothing to do with the Republican Party, which includes resigning his position on the ballot under the Republican banner. It is up to Mr. Lucas to do the honorable thing and keep his word.”