By now most people in Sussex County have heard some version of the rumor circulating about Eric Bodenweiser, currently the GOP nominee for the 19th state senatorial district of Delaware. Or they have at least heard that there is a rumor circulating.
I have no intention of adding to that rumor here at this time, and I would ask that everyone please respect my wishes when I ask you to refrain from discussing the rumor. I believe that in the very near future there will be reason to discuss the actual allegations against Mr. Bodenweiser.
My reason for writing this post is to discuss the fact that Mr. Bodenweiser would seem to have suspended his campaign. He has failed to appear at any number of events that any candidate worth his salt would be attending.
He had purchased a spot at Wings and Wheels this past Saturday and failed to show up to use it, so I am told. He was not present at the monthly Sussex GOP meeting on Monday night, this would have been the first county GOP meeting since his primary win, one might call it his victory lap, but again he failed to show up, as did notable supporters of Mr. Bodenweiser.
But I would say that tonight was the realistic end, if not the official end of the Bodenweiser campaign. Tonight Eric Bodenweiser again failed to show up at what would have surely been an important event, one that he was scheduled to attend, that would be the candidate forum at Post 28 of the American Legion.
Now this is again a group that should have been friendly ground for Mr. Bodenweiser, since he had seen the Long Neck and Oak Orchard area as keenly important to his winning the primary race, and again, would have been a chance to thank supporters and to ask for their further support in the general election. But he did not show up.
So I ask the question, has Eric Bodenweiser suspended his campaign? Has he decided to concede the race to someone else? It is not hard to figure out that this is most certainly connected to the rumor.
As a voter in the 19th district I feel I have a right to know whether the nominee of the GOP is intending to mount a vigorous campaign, or whether due to personal problems he is no longer capable of doing so.
Mr. Bodenweiser owes it to all of the voters of the 19th district, to all of the GOP members, and especially to his supporters to make a public withdrawal from the race if that is the case, so that a viable candidate such as Brian Pettyjohn can have a clear understanding of who he is running against, and so the voters know who they should be voting for.
If Mr. Bodenweiser remains disconnected from the campaign, he is completely disenfranchising all of the people who voted for him in the primary, he is totally confusing all of the voters who may have voted for him in the general election, and he is showing a total disregard for the process of our elections, and for the people of the 19th district.
We as members of the GOP have been told by party leadership that we should support the winner of the primary, to support the nominee. Well how can anyone support a missing candidate, who I must say is at the very least, under a cloud of rumor and suspicion.
I call on the party leadership to demand that Mr. Bodenweiser either address these rumors publicly and restart his campaign, or demand that he withdraw his name from consideration, and allow Brian Pettyjohn to attempt to save the 19th district seat and a win for the GOP.
I will add at the end, this is not all politics, there are lives at stake here, including that of Mr. Bodenweiser and his family. I would say considering the severity of the allegations, that for the sake of his family, that he would be better served to step aside at this time and focus on protecting them. And if the allegations prove to be false, then he can always return to politics. Mr. Bodenweiser has often spoken of his faith, I would think that he will need every bit of faith at this time and I would ask that we all pray for all those involved.