A New Jersey faculty board candidate is below fireplace over a tone deaf Halloween costume consisting of a T-shirt studying “The place is Nancy?” – an obvious reference to the assault on Speaker of the Home Nancy Pelosi’s husband Paul.
An nameless Twitter account posted a photograph of Tom Gregor, a gross sales exec operating unopposed for a seat on the Bethlehem Township faculty board, posing within the shirt and holding a skeleton.
The scary picture appeared days after David DePape allegedly attacked Pelosi with a hammer at his San Francisco residence, fracturing his cranium, after asking the identical query seen on Gregor’s shirt.
The crazed suspect was in search of the 82-year-old sufferer’s spouse, Home Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who was in DC on the time, authorities have stated.
“A pal simply despatched me this distressing picture from Hunterdon County NJ. Says the man within the ‘The place is Nancy’ shirt is operating for board of ed close by,” the Twitter consumer wrote Monday within the submit of the picture.
“These folks stroll amongst us. Not good,” the particular person added.
When questioned by NJ Advance Media about his query and who “Nancy” was, Gregor replied: “I don’t know who Nancy is.”
The candidate danced round final week’s assault by saying he was merely dressed as a “residence intruder” – and when pressed about why he wrote “Nancy,” he answered, “No motive.”
“It’s what was within the present occasion of the week,” Gregor stated, including that he was “not dressed up as Nancy Pelosi.”
“No, I believe it’s only a Nancy usually. Like a Karen, a Nancy,” he added, perplexingly, NJ.com reported.
Gregor, who served on the varsity board from 2015-2017, confronted a backlash on-line for his costume of alternative.
“That isn’t humorous and it’s not only a costume. He’s making a press release, unhappy that he’s operating unopposed,” one consumer wrote on Twitter.
“wow what an important affect this man is to college students,” one other stated.
“Based mostly on his personal assertion that he doesn’t know who Nancy is needs to be adequate motive for anybody to not elect him to be accountable for approving instructional curriculum and pedagogy for college kids,” a 3rd added.
However some weren’t as offended.
“Take a joke folks. Ya’ll actually get stirred up in regards to the smallest s—. If that is offending, perhaps its time to take a joke and develop up,” one stated.
College board President Kyle Harris informed NJ Advance Media that the district seeks to offer college students with “a secure, supportive surroundings that promotes social and emotional studying, self-discipline, and motivation to attain their potential.
“The Bethlehem Township Board of Schooling is non-partisan and respects the completely different political opinions of its members and the general public,” Harris stated. “The BTBOE doesn’t assist any act of violence. Lastly, the BTBOE won’t touch upon the actions of the general public, together with Mr. Gregor’s, since he’s not a member of the board.”
One other candidate, Francis Goger, stated he discovered the picture inappropriate.
“I discover the image in poor style for somebody representing the taxpayers of Bethlehem Township on issues that concern the tutorial program, security, and well-being of scholars within the Bethlehem Township College District,” he informed the outlet.
Janet Bamford, a spokeswoman for the New Jersey College Boards Affiliation, stated the group “isn’t conscious of something within the Code of Ethics for Board Members which might prohibit this,” referring to the photograph.
The state Division of Schooling and the director of the Workplace of College Ethics didn’t instantly reply to the outlet’s messages.