Atlantic City Democratic Committee calls for Gilliam and Fauntleroy to step down
The Atlantic City Democratic Committee say the mayor and a councilman should step down as a result of their “outrageous and egregious” behavior that resulted in charges of simple assault and harassment.
A resolution to ask that Mayor Frank Gilliam and Councilman Jeffree Fauntleroy either step down or be forced to do so passed 27-3, at a special emergency meeting held to denounce the incident.
If the men will not step aside, Gov. Phil Murphy or Lt. Gov. Sheila Oliver should use their power to force the move, the resolution read.
Gilliam and Jeffree Fauntleroy both face charges in the alleged fight that began inside the Haven Nightclub inside the Golden Nugget on Nov. 11, and ended outside the casino, where video shows punches being thrown.
The resolution also apologized “to the victims of a vicious physical and emotional attack.”
It will now be forwarded to the Governor’s Office, committee President Gwen Callaway said.
The city’s Democratic Party has been fractured since shortly after Gilliam won the seat.
Councilman hit casino worker, while mayor swung and missed, summonses claim
Councilman hit casino worker, while mayor swung and missed, summonses claim – BreakingAC
Atlantic City’s mayor allegedly threatened a woman and threw punches at two men during an altercation earlier this month that began inside the Haven Nightclub. Mayor Frank Gilliam and Councilman Jeffree Fauntleroy were issued summonses for simple assault and harassment after a fight outside the Golden Nugget on Nov. 11. Both men originally said that … Read more
The group was re-formed after a break in the Atlantic City Democratic Committee sparked by alleged impropriety by Gillliam during his run for mayor relating to a $10,000 check that was meant for the group but wound up in Gilliam’s campaign account.
Fauntleroy then made allegations against retired Policer Office John Devlin one of the members who signed the criminal complaint.
An investigation resulted in no charges, but several members of the group continue to press the issue.
There also are questions as to why the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office investigated that incident but that the state attorney general had the latest investigation transferred to the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office.
Gilliam did not respond to a request seeking comment.
Fauntleroy only pointed out that his first name was mispelled in the release as Jeffrey.
“That’s not how you spell my name,” he said. “It’s with two E’s at the end.”
(ACMike Lopez contributed to this report.)