A former “Apprentice” contestant who was fired from the reality show by Donald Trump — and later helped run Trump’s local presidential campaign — has lost the backing of the Republican Party in his home county in his bid for the New Jersey state Assembly.
NJ.com reports that Brian McDowell “is under fire after a video clip surfaced showing him making an obscene comment to a woman.”
McDowell, who appears drunk in the brief clip, can be heard saying: “Let me tell you right now, You should (expletive) me. It would really be good. Listen, you never know.”
McDowell is running for a seat in the 1st legislative district in one of the state’s most competitive races, NJ.com reports, noting that he “rejected a request last week from the Cape May County Republican Committee to drop out of the election because of new ‘issues and information’ that came to light.”
The committee subsequently withdrew its endorsement of McDowell, who works as a real estate agent.
“The video has been circulating through south Jersey over the last few weeks. The 10-second clip shows McDowell speaking to a woman, who is not completely visible, at what appears to be a bar,” NJ.com reports. “McDowell, a Trump supporter who helped run the businessman’s presidential campaign in Cape May County last year, told NJ Advance Media he has no plans to withdraw his candidacy.”
The report quotes McDowell saying: “I am not a politician. I am not trying to be a politician. I am trying to go to Trenton to talk some common sense into people in the system.”
“McDowell also defended himself against past issues, such as a restraining order filed against him by an ex-girlfriend and an arrest in 2008, saying he has made ‘human errors,'” the report adds.
McDowell is quoted saying: “Even Jesus dropped the cross three times. I’m not running to be the Pope. I’m running to make New Jersey more affordable.”
The AP reports that McDowell “says he was joking around and didn’t intend to be degrading when he was filmed telling a woman she should have sex with him. He says he has known the woman for 10 years and thinks a Democratic spy may have shot the video.”
Here’s the brief clip, which comes with a warning about crude language …