Schenectady GOP candidate quits campaign after social media posts revealed
Tyler A. McNeil reports for The Daily Gazette that Republican Jeff Moore has withdrawn from the race for Schenectady City Council under pressure from his local party committee after his controversial, conspiracy theory-laden social media posts from recent years were exposed. In the recent past, Moore publicly speculated that high-ranking officials have been conspiring to advance a global communist world domination scheme. Posts show a flood of offensive and bigoted ideas about Islam, LGBTQ+ issues, mass shootings and nationalism, as well as Holocaust comparisons. He called President Barack Obama a "man of Kenya," and is a 2020 election denier. “In the New Age of Communism, the ‘Toxic White Male’ is the new Jew…,” Moore wrote in a February 2022 post for Empire State Conservatives, drawing a comparison to the plight of Jewish people forcibly labeled by Nazis during the Holocaust. “Then came [COVID-19] and the ‘Unvaxed’ is the new Unclean.” Moore terminated his candidacy on January 24 after The Daily Gazette, which had researched his social media activity, forwarded 52 of his offensive posts to the city’s Republican Committee. Schenectady GOP Chair Matt Nelligan swiftly condemned Moore’s postings. Moore declined to explain his social media history, but he apologized for not disclosing it to Republican officials before being chosen to run for office. Nelligan’s Democratic rival Mayor Gary McCarthy described Moore’s blogging records as “conspiracies in the Twilight Zone and the theater of the absurd.” Read more in The Daily Gazette.