Hillery Brotschol has ended her bid for congress in CD-11. Looking to unseat incumbent Congresswoman Mikie Sherrill, Brotschol had vowed to “cancel the lies of the Left” and “stand up to the radicalized Democratic Party.” The 30-year-old candidate withdrew with an announcement Friday afternoon, reducing the crowded GOP pool of contestants from seven to six.
“It is with a heavy heart I announce my withdrawal from the race for NJ-11. I entered the race not as a politician, but as a concerned citizen,” Brotschol said in a statement. “I hoped to be a unifying voice for the district in which I have lived my entire life, unfortunately, it has become clear that I do not have the support nor financial resources necessary to continue my run. I am grateful to have met and been encouraged by people from not only our district but across the nation. Thank you to all those who believed in my vision.”
According to Brotschol’s website, she had been a Democrat when she was old enough to vote, but had switched to the Republican Party after becoming disillusioned with the left-wing swing of the party. Vowing to fight back against cancel culture, “wokeness,” and Big Tech, her campaign ultimately failed to gather up enough steam. With her departure, the Republican field is—for the moment—comprised of past Assistant County Prosecutor Paul DeGroot, who obtained the Passaic County GOP line; Tayfun Selen, who serves as a Morris County Commissioner; Larry Casha, who had been a Kinnelon councilman; Robert Kovic; Toby Anderson; and Larry Friscia.
In 2021, Brotschol channeled conservative fury to slam Dr. Fauci and called President Biden’s environmental policies a throwback to “the ineptitude and failure of the Carter years.”
According to the Federal Election Commission, Brotschol had taken out a ten-thousand-dollar loan for her campaign, raising $12,904.15 in individual contributions with $13,509.09 in total disbursements. Her campaign ended with $9,740.28 cash on hand.