New Brunswick, NJ – The Menendez for Senate Campaign today released two new web ads highlighting greedy drug company CEO Bob Hugin’s record fighting against equal opportunities for women and against equal protections for LGBTQ students at Princeton University.
“When women fought for equal opportunity and a seat at the table at Princeton, Bob Hugin stood on the wrong side. When his gay and lesbian classmates were targets of hate, he threatened them and fought to deny them anti-discrimination protections,” said Menendez for Senate Communications Director Steve Sandberg. “To this day, Bob Hugin supports candidates and causes that work to undermine LGBTQ and women’s rights. He stands with Donald Trump who admitted to sexually assaulting women, and continued to donate to Trump even after 15 women came forward with credible allegations against him. He supports Trump Supreme Court nominees Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh who would overturn Roe v. Wade. And he refuses to support the women courageously coming forward with mounting allegations of sexual assault against Kavanaugh. Bob Hugin is anti-women, anti-LGBTQ and will never be on our side.”
When gay rights activists on campus launched the Gay Alliance of Princeton and became targets of hate and bigotry, were pelted with eggs and rocks and their dorm rooms were vandalized, Hugin led a petition drive to block the university from extending anti-discrimination protections to the LGBTQ community. He called the move “controversial” and threatened any member of his exclusive, all-male Tiger Inn eating club who was found to be gay that he “wouldn’t last long.”
Fifteen years later, as a married adult in his mid-30s and the Tiger Inn’s alumni president, Hugin waged a years-long court battle to deny women access to the eating clubs. After the New Jersey Supreme Court ruled in favor of student Sally Frank’s discrimination lawsuit, forcing women’s inclusion at the clubs, Hugin called it “politically correct fascism” and led the unsuccessful legal challenge to overturn the decision in the federal courts, taking the fight all the way up to the U.S. Supreme Court.