WEST DEPTFORD TWP., N.J. (WPVI) -- A candidate for office in Gloucester County, New Jersey has dropped out of the race amid a controversy involving a series of harassing social media posts.
The West Deptford Township Republican Party said Michael Krawitz, a candidate for township committee, notified them of his withdrawal via a hand-written note.
"I am officially withdrawing as a candidate for the Republican Party in the election on November 8, 2016 for West Deptford Township committee," the note, written in pen on blue paper, reads.
The township's party officials confirmed the authenticity of the note, which is signed by Michael Krawitz.
The controversy began when Olivia Nuzzi, a reporter for the website The Daily Beast, exposed some very nasty and obscene social media posts directed towards her.
On reads: "[Expletive] You. Olivia, I. Hope. Somebody. Rapes. You. Today. :)."
Another comment reads: "Hope. You. Get. Raped. By. A. Syrian. Refugee. :)"
Action News went to Krawitz's home to ask him about the posts. A woman there told us he was home and went to get him.
"Michael, Dann Cuellar is here," the woman said before closing the door.
We waited and waited and knocked on the door. But then the woman returned and said, "He's not here."
Krawitz is quoted by the Philadelphia Inquirer as saying that it was not him, but a hacker who posted the offensive comments.
But Nuzzi tells Action News, Krawitz has been trolling her since 2014.
In a post dated August 10, Krawitz asked Nuzzi on Facebook: "How's. The. Gun. Crime. In. Democrat. Chicago. Oliva. You. Ugly. Stupid. [Expletive.] :)"
Each of the comments are marked by periods after every word and a smiley face.
Action News spoke with Joann Priga, the woman running with Krawitz for council, to hear what she had to say about all this.
"I have no comment," Priga said.
We asked if her if she was still going to run with Krawitz for the position.
"I am running. I have no comment. Thank you," Priga said.
In a statement to Action News, Olivia Nuzzi says: