Assemblyman Ned Thomson echoed notorious 1930s Chicago gangster Al Capone on Friday as he urged supporters to vote for him in the upcoming November 7th election.
In a Friday afternoon Facebook post, Thomson wrote, “Vote early, vote often, and vote Republican!”
The phrase, “vote early, vote often” of course implies that people should vote multiple times, which is obviously illegal, and is largely attributed to Al Capone, who would pay people to cast as many ballots as they could manage without being caught, in support of corrupt politicians who assisted Capone and his fellow gangsters.
Update: Following the publication of this article, Thomson updated the Facebook post to remove the “vote often” part of the message.
That wasn’t the only post from Thomson that raised eyebrows. He followed up his “vote early, vote often” post with one that inexplicably placed significant stress on his opponent’s visible Jewishness.
In a post that was ostensibly intended to highlight his tough-on-crime stance, Thomson wrote “Lakewood Rabbi Avi Schnall’s switch to the Democrat party and support from Governor Phil Murphy is concerning, but we have the power to STOP this!”
What motive there would be to stress Schnall as a “Lakewood Rabbi” other than to serve as a dog whistle to antisemites is unknown.