Republican NJ Mayor Who Attacked Parkland Survivors Voted Out Of Office After Refusing To Resign
A New Jersey mayor who attacked Parkland students as ‘crisis actors’ and boosted a debunked conspiracy theory about the mass school shooting that left 17 people dead, lost his reelection bid after refusing to resign, New Jersey Advance Media reported Thursday.
According to the report, Wayne Levante, the mayor of Newton, N.J., finished fourth in a seven-candidate race for three town council seats on Tuesday.
Levante, a Republican, came under fire in February after he shared a conspiracy theory on Facebook claiming that 17-year-old David Hogg, a student at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, was really a “crisis actor.”
Several conspiracy theories emerged after the Feb. 14 shooting that left 17 people dead at the Parkland, Fla., high school.
After losing the election, the disgraced mayor defended his sharing of the theory, saying at the time that “people have a right to look at this stuff and form an opinion.”
The Newton Town Council voted in March to censure Levante, and requested his resignation. But Levante rejected those calls, and said that he would let the voters decide his fate.
Well, the voters have spoken.