During a recent debate in Somerville, Democratic Freeholder Candidate Melonie Marano asked Republican Candidate Pat Walsh if she would support Donald Trump seeking re-election in 2020. Not only did Pat Walsh refuse to answer the question, but she also implied that events in Washington have no impact on residents of Somerset County. The Trump administration, however, has continually supported policies that have led to the discrimination of the LGBTQ+ community. The fact that Pat Walsh continues to remain silent on this issue speaks volumes about her attitude towards the LGBTQ+ community, especially considering Donald Trump owns and does business in Somerset County.
4 days after the issue surfaced, Republican Freeholder Candidate Pat Walsh has not supported the community in calling for the resignation of Dr. Nace. In May of this year, Walsh led the Board of Chosen Freeholders in taking a pledge to ‘Stand Up for the Other’ saying, “I encourage other groups to take the pledge and begin the dialogue about bigotry and racism.” Pat Walsh couldn’t even uphold a simple pledge and support our LGBTQ+ community. It’s time to end the Republicans’ legacy of misleading the residents of Somerset County. It’s time for real change in Somerset County.