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Kilpatrick Takes Back Harsh Criticism of Fellow West Deptford Republicans

The current Republican committeeman apologized for his attacks of three weeks ago.

Three weeks after , calling them too extreme to serve on , current Republican committeeman Sean Kilpatrick did an abrupt about-face Thursday, apologizing for his words in a statement released to local media.

“I made a wrong, emotional decision and gave an unfair assessment,” Kilpatrick said.

The committeeman had slammed his fellow Republicans for what he called at the time their “pitchfork and torch mentality,” but took back those harsh criticisms in his statement, saying he believes there's a middle ground they can all work toward.

“I might not see eye to eye with them on every issue, but that is not an excuse to attack their character,” Kilpatrick said.

Ultimately, it's about serving the community as best as possible, Kilpatrick said.

“The fact of the matter is that it is up to the residents of West Deptford to decide who they wish to place in the two open seats on the Township Committee, and I will work with whomever they choose to select,” he said. “What is most important is that we move our town forward to a fiscally sound and bright future.”

Cianfarini and Chintall echoed Kilpatrick's sentiments, and said they were glad to see their fellow Republican's change of heart.

“We believe that it's really positive that he's putting the people of West Deptford before any of his personal reasons for writing that letter,” Cianfarini said. “We need to be able to work together and get the objectives done.”

The two candidates met with Kilpatrick recently to talk about the concerns he expressed in the original statement and to go over the similarities between their ideals, and Chintall said they made progress and called the meeting encouraging.

“There's room for disagreement," Chintall said. “I think he just made an error in judgement."

Local Republican chair Joann Priga said it couldn't have been easy for Kilpatrick to step up and issue the retraction.

“I think what (Kilpatrick) did was courageous,” she said. “I applaud the young man.”

West Deptford Democratic chair Gerald White, however, called the retraction “hollow,” and said it smacked of pressure from the county Republican Party to put up a unified front ahead of next week's election.

“Sean is a sincere young man who spoke the truth when he said Mr. Cianfarini and Mr. Chintall could not be trusted by West Deptford residents,” White said in a brief statement. “Now he has modified that statement, but he has still not endorsed his own party's candidates.”

Paul J. DiBartolo November 04, 2011 at 12:46 AM
I don't live in West Deptford but I have followed this story and this guy needs to be replaced as soon as possible. Good luck, West Deptford.
WDNeedsHelp November 04, 2011 at 01:57 PM
Gerry White is one of the main reasons West Deptford is in 134 Million dollars of debt. Gerry White and his cast of cronies (See the Patch Article on Democratic Campaign funding) obviously pressured Kilpatrick into writing the letter. Gerry White is a scared little rabbit now that his Democratic machine here in Gloucester County is falling apart around him. Gerry, it's safe to say none of us are going to miss you here in West Deptford. The damage you did both in and out of office should be investigated and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. Yes Gerry be very nervous about the election this year. What will you do when REAL Republicans get in there and start "digging up the bodies" you have buried in West Deptford. I always said you would look good in county "orange".
John November 04, 2011 at 02:31 PM
Sean should have just kept his mouth shut instead of rambling off like that, regardless of his political affiliation. What made it worse was it was a "Republican" saying those comments about a fellow "Republican". I was at the debate at WDHS and it definitely was an eye opener. Can we really afford to continue to run our local government the way the Democrats have done over the course of their realm ? I say NO, we can't. It is time for a change in power and let's give the two Republican candidates a chance. I have no qualms specifically with the two Democratic candidates (they seem like decent people), but let's be honest here the Democratic track record has put our township at over $130 million in debt and now an increase of $3 million dollars will need to be paid in debt payments in 2012. When is this madness really going to end ? So much for my recent tax reassessment and supposed lower of my taxes, if something isn't done soon we all may be paying higher taxes and may soon have to give up some of our essential WD services that we have become accustomed to.
Keith November 04, 2011 at 04:09 PM
That's why I'm sure people in West Deptford are glad you don't live there. Sean is an excellent committeeman and a top notch person. Just because he doesn't always follow republican talking points and voting line, does not make him incapable of doing his job well.
John Hayden November 04, 2011 at 04:41 PM
Actually Keith, Sean isn't a "excellent committeeman" since he has never provided the voice of opposition that he was supposed to be. He reneged on his campaign promises and has voted with the majority party most of the time. Then he criticized the candidates from his party, only to retract it 3 weeks later. How are these the hallmarks of a "top notch person"? These actions indicate that Sean is immature, weak minded, and spineless. His first letter alienated Republicans and this last one is likely to alienate Democrats as well. Sean's career as a committeeman is likely to be a short one.
Bill Bondar November 05, 2011 at 11:29 AM
The very first thing they should do when elected is to send Angelini packing.

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