New Jersey official resigns after uproar over ‘racist’ Facebook post

The deputy mayor of a New Jersey town has resigned after uproar over a controversial Facebook post in which he likened undocumented immigrants to “rabid, messy, mean raccoons.”

Rick Blood resigned from his role as deputy mayor on the Mendham Township Committee.

Mendham Township clerk Mary Beth Zichelli confirmed to ABC News that Blood stepped down Monday but did not go into the details of what prompted his resignation, saying that it had been widely covered in local papers.

According to the Daily Record, Blood shared a post on Facebook that compared “illegals” to “hundreds of rabid, messy, mean raccoons [who] have overtaken your basement.”

Blood reportedly copied the post from something that was sent to him by a Facebook friend, he told The Daily Record, and he reportedly took it down on Sunday night.

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Karol Ruiz speaks during a Mendham Township Committee Meeting after which Deputy Mayor Rick Blood resigned after received criticism for a Facebook post in Mendham Township, N.J., Feb. 12, 2018.

The post claimed to offer an explanation for President Donald Trump’s popularity, using an example of finding a raccoon infestation after returning from a vacation.

“There is one guy and he guarantees you to get rid of them, so you hire him,” the original post said of the raccoons, according to a screengrab obtained by The Daily Record.

“You don’t care if the guy smells, you don’t care if the guy swears, you don’t care if he’s an alcoholic, you don’t care how many times he’s been married, you don’t care if he voted for Obama and you don’t care if he has a Plumbers crack. You just want those raccoons gone!” the now-deleted post read.

Blood declined by email to ABC News’ request for comment.

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Deputy Mayor Rick Blood listens to community members speak during a Mendham Township Committee Meeting in Mendham Township, N.J., Feb. 12, 2018.

A previously scheduled township committee…

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