Feb 13, 2018, 4:41 PM ET

New Jersey official resigns after uproar over 'racist' Facebook post

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The deputy mayor of a New Jersey town has resigned after uproar over a controversial Facebook post in which he likened undocumented immigrants to "rabid, messy, mean raccoons."

Rick Blood resigned from his role as deputy mayor on the Mendham Township Committee.

Mendham Township clerk Mary Beth Zichelli confirmed to ABC News that Blood stepped down Monday but did not go into the details of what prompted his resignation, saying that it had been widely covered in local papers.

According to the Daily Record, Blood shared a post on Facebook that compared "illegals" to "hundreds of rabid, messy, mean raccoons [who] have overtaken your basement."

Blood reportedly copied the post from something that was sent to him by a Facebook friend, he told The Daily Record, and he reportedly took it down on Sunday night.

PHOTO: Karol Ruiz speaks during a Mendham Township Committee Meeting after which Deputy Mayor Rick Blood resigned after received criticism for a Facebook post in Mendham Township, N.J., Feb. 12, 2018.Bob Karp/Daily Record via USA Today Network
Karol Ruiz speaks during a Mendham Township Committee Meeting after which Deputy Mayor Rick Blood resigned after received criticism for a Facebook post in Mendham Township, N.J., Feb. 12, 2018.

The post claimed to offer an explanation for President Donald Trump's popularity, using an example of finding a raccoon infestation after returning from a vacation.

"There is one guy and he guarantees you to get rid of them, so you hire him," the original post said of the raccoons, according to a screengrab obtained by The Daily Record.

"You don't care if the guy smells, you don't care if the guy swears, you don't care if he's an alcoholic, you don't care how many times he's been married, you don't care if he voted for Obama and you don't care if he has a Plumbers crack. You just want those raccoons gone!" the now-deleted post read.

Blood declined by email to ABC News' request for comment.

PHOTO: Deputy Mayor Rick Blood listens to community members speak during a Mendham Township Committee Meeting in Mendham Township, N.J., Feb. 12, 2018.Bob Karp/Daily Record via USA Today Network
Deputy Mayor Rick Blood listens to community members speak during a Mendham Township Committee Meeting in Mendham Township, N.J., Feb. 12, 2018.

A previously scheduled township committee meeting was held on Monday night, during which Blood said that he did not think "my brief misstep warrants stepping down from the committee," the Daily Record reported.

"I am sincerely sorry for the controversy this has caused, and I take full responsibility for my actions and failures," Blood said at the meeting, according to the Daily Record.

PHOTO: Congressional hopeful Tamara Harris, l, and Brian Lee join many community members and activists at the Mendham Township Committee Meeting in Mendham Township, N.J., Feb. 12, 2018.Bob Karp/Daily Record via USA Today Network
Congressional hopeful Tamara Harris, l, and Brian Lee join many community members and activists at the Mendham Township Committee Meeting in Mendham Township, N.J., Feb. 12, 2018.

The paper reported that two dozen people spoke during the meeting, calling the post "inherently racist" and "vile" among other things.

The meeting was called to a closed session and after which the mayor announced that Blood had submitted his resignation.

Zichelli told ABC News that since Blood ran for his now-former position as a Republican, it will be up to the local Republican committee to nominate three replacements for his seat, one of which will be selected by the Mendham Township Committee to serve until his original term expires on Dec. 31.

Mendham Township Committee mayor Richard P. Diegnan Jr. released a statement saying that he believes Blood “did the right thing” by resigning.

In the statement, Diegnan said Blood’s “attempt to have a thought provoking discussion failed and these types of posts certainly hinder progress.”

“The Facebook Post does not reflect the views of the Mendham Township Committee or the residents of Mendham Township. I strongly condemn the hurtful viewpoints expressed in the Facebook Post and I believe all people shall be treated with dignity and respect,” Diegnan said in the statement.

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  • The Outlier

    If you turned this analogy around to talk about European invaders displacing native Americans, or an extremist splinter group coordinating with a global enemy to take over a government-- well, guys like this one don't come off well.

  • Dr. Gurnicus Blanstonius

    The GOP's siren call to the racist, stupid and afraid. Republicans must again, be soooo proud.

  • Omegacron

    I agree that his post was offensive - raccoons are neither rabid NOR messy. They're quite clean little critters... but they CAN be mean on occasion.

  • benson

    social media - the toilet bowl of the internet

  • davycoolguy

    I hate these phony apologies. An apology is acceptable if you accidentally break someones lamp in their house or step on someones little dog by mistake. Clearly, this was a premeditated deliberate action and the way he feels. He is apologizing for getting caught , plain and simple.

  • IanPG

    “Blood’s attempt to have a thought-provoking discussion”. Is that a joke? Why is it that the GOP harbors so many racists who get caught on social media.

  • Planet Earth

    now replace him with an immigrant or brownish person

  • Michael McCall

    Sounds like this guy wanted out of his job. What a Stupid Post by this guy!

  • Stopbanningme

    Anti-Trumpers eating their own, lol.

  • Red Hawk

    Blood is an idiot, no undocumented labor , no Jersey Fresh.

  • Optimist-2618173

    Sounds like a shoo-in for a Trump appointment. His "views" on immigration are in line, and he can't be much worse than a wife beater or a sexual abuser.

  • helicohunter

    This is why it's wrong to vote solely based on one issue. You end up with trash in office. A candidate's position on various issues does matter, but so does his/her character.

  • MickC

    Immigrants are welcome, but not so many that immigrants today represent the highest percentage of the population in the history of America.
    If you're for immigrants are you for allowing 100,000,000 Chinese to come here this year if they want? That would, of course, overwhelm food supplies, etc. and raise havoc with communities.
    So whats an acceptable level?
    Considering that America has fresh water shortages somewhere in the nation EVERY year, there is no longer the argument that we should let others share in our "bounty." Today they are sharing in our shortages!

  • xThatxSamexDudex

    Speaking of alcoholics..

  • Captain Insanity

    What a maroon!

  • heusedsarcasm

    Trump and his crew of vulgar idiots are in for quite a surprise.

  • Witch

    I wonder if the Native (Real) Americans felt this way when their land was stolen ?

  • tatertaut

    I'd rather have raccoons in my basement than have this dirt bag rat represent me.

  • Impetus

    Why oh why do people who doubletalk so well in public drunk post on Facebook?

  • QuestionAuth

    He put that evil sh*& up there on FB for free? - He could be doing it in the employ of Putin.

  • Marvin Ogravel

    It's 2018 for crying out loud! Haven't people figured out that people-who-are-not-your-friends read your posts??
    #mandatory twitter licensing.

  • arriba65

    Whoopsie! Turns out when you are a public official you are viewed as representing a whole town - can't just say whatever rude, crude thing that crawls through your brain!

  • Persephone in Hell

    When is the term "celebrate diversity" going to be retired? It was old before it began.
    The US has been diverse for decades. No need to celebrate something that's already established.