Won’t Say Who Is Doing The Polling Or Reveal Data
Bellew for State Senate campaign manager Dwayne Horner called from Texas to say that the campaign polled 5,000 Republican voters in LD 13 on Sunday evening and that 83% said they favored replacing the incumbents. Horner refused to name the polling firm, saying only that its a well respected Republican firm that worked for the Romney campaign in Florida and several Texas congressional campaigns.
Horner declined to say what questions were asked of those polled, saying he would not get into the specifics of the poll. Twice MMM asked if the incumbents were named in the polling questions. Twice Horner declined to answer.
“83% said the incumbents should not be re-elected,” Horner said. “Did you tell them who the incumbents are?” we asked. “I’m not getting into the specifics of the poll, but Leigh-Ann Bellew’s name was mentioned,” Horner responded.
Horner challenged Senator Joe Kyrillos and the anonymous Republican political operative quoted below to go door to door and find 8 of 10 voters who plan to reelect Kryillos.
The slate of candidates challenging LD 13 legislative incumbents, Senator Joe Kyrillos, Assemblywoman Amy Handlin and Assemblyman Declan O’Scanlon claim they have polling data that indicates “voters overwhelming want to fire the incumbents.”
An email sent to Bayshore Tea Party Group members by co-founder Barbara Gonzalez reads, in part, as follows:
Momentum is on the side of the candidates of R4CL. Voters overwhelmingly say they are ready to fire the current incumbents. Internal polls show that voters are ready to support a new slate of candidates.
Gonzalez told MoreMonmouthMusings that she does not know who is conducting polls for the primary challengers led by state senate candidate Leigh-Ann Bellew or what the numbers say. “That message was sent over by the campaign, I just cut and paste and sent it out,” said Gonzalez, “but my internal poll agrees with it. Everyone I talk to wants a change.”
Neither Bellew nor her campaign manager Dwayne Horner have returned phone calls asking for information about their polling.
A Republican operative aligned with Kyrillos who declined to be named because he/she is not authorized to speak for the incumbents’ campaign laughed when told about the BTPG email.
“They’re making it up, just like Bellew is making up her resume,” the operative said, “we’re very comfortable with our numbers, Bellew won’t get 20% of the vote.” The operative also declined to say who was polling for the incumbents and what their numbers indicate.