Jim Keady was previously a candidate in New Jersey 4th Congressional District in 2018 and decided to run again in the 2020 election. The email in question addressed allegations of sexual misconduct and anti-semitism with violent language, intimate details of sexual encounters described with violent language, and screenshots of private correspondences with those addressed in the email.
It went on to say if what Keady described as a “whisper campaign” about the aforementioned allegations continued, that Keady would make both the email in question as well as any relevant personal correspondences available to those who ask and then publish them for the public at large.
Coming to a head on Jan. 13 at a debate at Belmar’s Beach Haus Brewery during, Keady was confronted by some of the aggrieved with calls for him to end his campaign. As details spread, there was a public condemnation of his acts from local political groups, Democratic leaders from Monmouth and Ocean County in the form of a letter asking for resignation from his campaign, and disavowment from previous supporters.
This culminated in Keady being disinvited from Wednesday’s Congressional debate hosted by the Fair Haven Democrats and ultimating his withdrawal from his campaign Friday, Jan. 17.
Keady Statement Below
ENDING MY CAMPAIGN FOR THE CD4 DEMOCRATIC NOMINATION
Today I am ending my campaign for the Democratic nomination for Congress in NJ’s 4th District.
I want to apologize to my supporters, my friends, and the people who I have hurt in recent days. I want to specifically and sincerely apologize to Ms. Kate Triggiano, Ms. Robyn Gedrich, Ms. Tracey Buckley, and Ms. Robin Nowicki. The tone and tenor of the email I sent to you on December 11, 2019 was wrong, and the sharing of our private communications was a terrible error in judgment. I also want to apologize to Ms. Jennifer Fluharty, Ms. Liz DeBeer, Ms. Susan Boyce, Ms. Anna Marta Visky, and Ms. Marianne Clemente for copying you on the email. You did not deserve to be dragged into this, and I am sorry for the pain and inconvenience it has caused you.
For those reading this who may be unsure of what is going on, I made a horrible mistake and by sending the aforementioned email in response to rumors about my personal life that I learned were being circulated. Responding the way that I did was foolish and unworthy of the community I have sought to serve. I allowed my anger, my pain and my ego to get the best of me. I am deeply sorry and ashamed of my actions.
I am listening to the women I have hurt, and to the women I have lost as friends over this. And I am also listening to the women who still support me. To the women I hurt with that email, again, I am sorry. I have ideas as to how I can make amends for this mistake, and I welcome suggestions to this end. I also apologize to the supporters and friends who I have lost and disappointed. And to those who continue to support me, I appreciate your support, but I have to own up to this mistake. I am sorry for letting you down.
For those who have made contributions to my campaign, my plan is to donate the money equally to the Women’s March, 180-Turning Lives Around, and the Sunrise Movement. If you were a donor and have an issue with this, please contact me and we can make arrangements for a refund. I wish all the candidates luck as they continue their campaigns. This nation needs their drive, dedication and talents now more than ever.