Assemblyman Jamel Holley (D-Union) comments on the recent news regarding Toms River School Board member Dan Leonard’s social media posts:
“As with the President’s comments regarding Congresswomen Omar, Tlaib, Ocasio-Cortez and Pressley, Toms River school board member Dan Leonard’s recent social media posts are just as foul and unbecoming of an elected official. It’s unfathomable that in 2019 and in one of the most diverse states and nations in the world, we must continue to deal with unrelenting hatred surfacing in our communities.
“This is a clear example of the game ’follow the leader.’ The racist and personally degrading remarks we’ve heard out of the White House over the last week have given a false perception to many that it is acceptable to insult and threaten others even from an elected office.
“This is not the America we’ve fought to become. These views cannot and should not be tolerated anywhere, including in Toms River. The children of the school district and the care of their overall well-being should be a priority here. No elected official should be serving if their views and priorities are harmful to our democracy and those who work hard to righteously uphold its principles. Leonard should resign from his post immediately.”