Mystery Robo Call In LD 13

robocall_SNLSomeone commissioned ‘phone ID’ calls in LD 13 that went out yesterday asking Republican primary voters if they planned to vote for Republican Senator Joe Kyrillos, Tea Party challenger Leigh-Ann Bellew or if they are unsure.

Listen to the recording here.

It was left as a voice mail at an MMM reader’s home.  The caller ID said the call came from 602-357-5922, a Phoenix, AZ landline listed to Danny Crosby.

None of the competing campaigns or candidates will cop to paying for the call. There was no ‘paid for’ disclosure.

‘Phone ID’ calls are not polls, per se.  The data collected is used for get out the vote (GOTV) planning.

Dwayne Horner, Bellew’s campaign manager said his campaign did not commission the call. Bellew herself is apparently in hiding.  She hasn’t returned a call in two weeks.

We tend to believe Horner as Bellew and her running mates have been running away from the ‘Tea Party’ label, preferring the ‘Republican for Conservative Leadership’ slogan. It doesn’t make sense that they would use “Tea Party” in their own call.

Two strategists affiliated with Kyrillos said they knew nothing about the call.  One of them said that there has been ‘phone ID’ calls, but none of those calls followed the simple script of this call.

Kyrillos himself has not returned a call in a while either.  We think he’s miffed at MMM for the Christian Peter stories and the coverage we’re giving the Tea Party candidates, especially Bellew.  “You made those people,” meaning the Tea Party challengers, someone close to Kyrillos told MMM blogger Art Gallagher at Governor Christie’s press conference in Highlands on Monday.  Joe will come around.  John Bennett did.

Monmouth GOP Chairman John Bennett said he’s commissioned calls, but not this one.  Bennett’s calls name only Governor Christie and refer to the ‘Regular Republican Organization’ and the ‘Bayshore Tea Party Organization.’

Assembly Members Declan O’Scanlon and Amy Handlin knew nothing of the call. Freeholder Director Tom Arnone said neither he, Deputy Director Serena DiMaso nor Sheriff Shaun Golden had anything to do with the call.

Bayshore Tea Party Group co-founder Barbara Gonzalez did not return a message asking if her group commissioned the call.  That’s very unusual for Gonzalez.  We think she’s miffed at us for the Ed Pekarsky coverage.

Tom Fitzsimmons said he knew nothing of the call and said it was amateurish that the question would be left as a voice mail. He said a call like this would cost about $250.

Whoever commissioned that robo call should get in touch with Fitzsimmons.

Posted: May 1st, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: 13th Legislative District, 2013 Election, Bayshore Tea Party Group, Monmouth GOP | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , | 32 Comments »

32 Comments on “Mystery Robo Call In LD 13”

  1. Sounds Sceevy To Me said at 7:42 am on May 2nd, 2013:

    I wonder how many people actually responded. Me, I would just hang up on a call like. That.

    I wonder if ELEC would want to know about the call, with no “paid for by” closing. I thought that was required.

    As to Bellew, she is in hiding because she doesn’t want to own up to the phony poll showing 83% support. She is in hiding because she doesn’t want to answer to the questions about her attorney and educator credentials, or her bankruptcy.


    Silence Dogood, Redux

  2. Justified Right said at 9:40 am on May 2nd, 2013:

    Why would her bankruptcy create a need for questions?

  3. @ Justified said at 10:31 am on May 2nd, 2013:

    Because she claims to be a fiscal conservative and if she can’t keep her own house in order; how can we trust her with the people’s money.

    It’s a fair question


  4. TheDigger said at 12:38 pm on May 2nd, 2013:

    The call never urged a vote for one candidate over the other; I suspect while it is for the purposes of identifying who to get out to vote, I am unsure if it is required legally to put a paid for by disclaimer. Absolutely no campaigning done.

  5. Can we Trust Sheriff Golden with Peoples Money? said at 1:35 pm on May 2nd, 2013:

    People who self-proclaim themselves as “fiscal conservatives” are just as much frauds as the one perpetrated below. Keep supporting this fraud, and you get what you deserve.


    Dan Peters for Sheriff!!

  6. It's really very simple said at 8:24 am on May 3rd, 2013:

    Kyrillos has a C- rating from the NRA & that pretty much sums things up.

  7. Kyrillos said at 8:47 am on May 3rd, 2013:

    He has a “F” rating in my book…that pretty much sums it up.

    Lets see: Originally wanted a abuser of woman at a fund raising gala: “F”;

    Member of Senate Judiciary Committee: Failed to properly vet Joe Oxley, and request to get Oxley to release his FBI files with connections to Solomon Dwek–“F”

    Failed to speak out on the Brookdale Corruption–“F”

    Failed to speak out on Sheriff Golden for placing a high-ranking sheriff’s official in a non-existent, fictitious position, in order to receive a pension AND a salary–“F”

    Failed to speak up and speak against possible wind turbines off the coast of Union Beach–“F”

    This is representation???

    Yes, I know he is a state senator, but he is also a resident and taxpayer of the county–why the silence Joe? Are you not independent?

  8. ok ok said at 8:58 am on May 3rd, 2013:

    I admit, I was being generous. Either way, who wants him to continue? He does not do a good job, he goes along to get along, enough already.

  9. Just wondering said at 8:59 am on May 3rd, 2013:

    Who really owns this blog?

  10. Why the Wondering???? said at 9:57 am on May 3rd, 2013:

    Why the wondering?? Because there are fair and justified criticisms of incumbents?? That is why we are running a primary! We feel the people we put in place a very long time ago, are no longer representatives of the people.

    They get caught up with special interest groups and other politicians, “you scratch my back, I’ll scratch yours,” and they actually forget who they work for.

    By the way, this is Art Gallagher’s blog in case you forgot. What would you like him to do, utilize censorship because you don’t like what is written here?? I have a funny feeling more criticisms will be emerging. Just sit back, and enjoy the popcorn.

    Oh..by the way–let the best group of people prevail Primary Day!!

  11. Bob English said at 10:44 am on May 3rd, 2013:

    I know that many who contribute here will disagree but I would suggest that any elected official in New jersey receiving a C- grade form the NRA has views on background checks and other gun related issues that are more in line with the vast majority of NJ voters than would someone who receives and A rating.

    Note that a number of Senators that voted against the recent background check bill have seen their approval ratings drop like rocks the past two weeks (as much as 15%.)

    Others such as
    Sen. Pat Toomey (R-PA.) who supported the compromise bill has seen his approval ratings increase among PA. voters.

  12. @Why the Wondering??? said at 11:36 am on May 3rd, 2013:

    it’s funny how a question can be twisted, turned & made into something other than what it is. Good imagination you got going for ya.

  13. @Bob English said at 11:55 am on May 3rd, 2013:

    Really? You think that a C- is ok for defending our rights. It is not about the gun it is about our rights & Kyrillos is not interested in defending them.

  14. Im Joe Kyrillos and I approve of this message said at 12:55 pm on May 3rd, 2013:

    Wait a second here, I thought this is what you people wanted. We were going to run under the banner of Republicans for Liberal Leadership, but we don’t really provide leadership now do we?

    Let me explain why I am liberal. Remember me saying on WNYC that I think some wealthy people ought to pony up more of their moo-lah to fund big government? Don’t you remember me telling other outlets that we need more revenue and not spending cuts? And I am sure you like my votes against gun owners, that has to make the right nuts. And the creme de la creme, I voted for mandatory partial birth abortion so we could harvest human body parts through human cloning. That, now that’s my crown jewel.

    I don’t know why you even think we need a Republican party platform (http://www.gop.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/2012GOPPlatform.pdf I) that says Republicans should vote against taxes, should support life, should want people to carry guns. We northeastern liberals run the Republican party, which is why i am so glad to have Joe Bennett tell you people its ludicrous to have a party primary challenge. He just mis spoke when he said I was a good conservative, he knows better. Oh well.

    So stop all this trying to characterize me as a conservative – my votes clearly show I am not. I don’t have Reagan on my wall, I have Rockefeller. He knew how this machine worked.

    Good day,

  15. Debate Dodger said at 1:17 pm on May 3rd, 2013:

    Silence Dogood, Redux – you talk about hiding , what a hypocrite you are – I Joe Kyrillos is the one hiding. I am scared people will find out my real record of voting against everything Monmouth County conservatives want and for everything they are against.

    I’m the one who is dodging the debate – sad but true.

  16. Buhrock Ohhbama said at 1:20 pm on May 3rd, 2013:

    Stop picking on my guy Joe, he’s carrying my agenda in NJ… Remember he owes it to me!

  17. looky here said at 2:32 pm on May 3rd, 2013:

    Joe Kyrillos on Gun Control

    Restrict gun purchases; no concealed carry
    Q: Do you support requiring background checks on all firearms sales at gun shows, including sales by unlicensed dealers?
    A: I believe that existing gun laws are appropriate for our state and do not need any amendments. Q: Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns?

    A: Yes.

    Q: Do you support allowing individuals to carry concealed guns?

    A: No.

    Q: Do you support requiring a license for gun possession?

    A: Yes.

  18. Middletowner said at 3:38 pm on May 3rd, 2013:

    Leigh-Anne Bellew on Gun Issues:

    Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding guns.

    x Maintain and strengthen the current level of enforcement of existing federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.

    Ease federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.

    x Require a license for gun possession.

    So not much differences…

  19. @Middletowner said at 4:06 pm on May 3rd, 2013:

    major difference is 6 years, Bellew’s response is from 2006 & Kyrillos’ response is from 2012. Kyrillos is also pro choice

  20. Voting for Conservatives said at 8:45 pm on May 3rd, 2013:

    Look, its just this simple. There is a smear campaign going – and there is ample evidence that the Kyrillos campaign is scared. They are funneling stuff to these blogs (like CNJ, whose lid is about to be blown off) to try and discredit LAB. Its funny how Kyrillos record never NEVER gets brought up on MMM or CNJ. Why? I mean there is plenty out there. It’s been well chronicled that JK voted for the debt debacle with Chrissie Whitman. He sponsored a pay raise but yet raised the gas taxes that only hurt the little people like me. He said during the 2012 run for US Senate he believed in the same wealth redistribution our loony leftist president subscribes to. His entire voting record is liberal, but MMM and CNJ want to ignore that because they are getting kickbacks from Kyrillos and the Monmouth GOP Machine.

  21. Clifford Case said at 11:34 pm on May 3rd, 2013:

    Joe Kyrillos is an outstanding conservative leader in our State Senate, with a solid record of cutting spending, lower taxes, shrinking state government, defending freedom and individual liberty. That is why Chris Christie and every other conservative leader throughout the state support Joe Kyrillos. No self-respecting conservative leader will have anything to do with the so-called Republicans 4 Conservative Leadership.

  22. @Voting For Conservatives said at 7:52 am on May 4th, 2013:

    Smear campaign against LAB you say?

    Look fella, you obviously have no clue as to the fact that her RECORD is clearly fodder for any campaign. Like her LACK of a record of being an educator, her LACK of a record of her being

    And then, there is that fool of a campaign manager and his mystery “83%” push poll of 5000 voters where they refuse to release the internals and the questions. NO ONE believes that poll.

    So, LAB does it to herself, refusing to answer questions and hiding.


    Silence Dogood, Redux

  23. @Voting For Conservatives said at 7:53 am on May 4th, 2013:

    Make that LACK of a record as to being an attorney.


  24. Bob English said at 8:26 am on May 4th, 2013:

    @ voting for conservatives…After the MMM piece on the Christie/Kyrillos/Peter fundraiser invite, you are going to have a hard time convincing anyone but yourself that Mr. Kryillos is providing “kickbacks” (your word) to get favorable coverage.

  25. Damn said at 9:02 am on May 4th, 2013:

    I’m agreeing with Bob English again. It was a full moon the other night, wasn’t it?

  26. Keep it up, said at 11:48 am on May 4th, 2013:

    and we will wind up with a Dem district again. Doesn’t take much intra-party strife to result in them getting back in-then we have to start all over again, to try and get it back. A very exhausting and volatile district, with larger implications brewing. A pretty wise man has said: do you want a person who votes with the Reps 80% of the time, or 30-50% of the time, or, a person who votes with the Dem/Libs -100% of the time? That is really the issue, in the Primary,going into the General…all the Reps seem to do is weaken their Nov. chances, by beating each other to death in June, never uniting, then often throwing away a rather old seat or district to the creeps: look, they rarely win on ideas, they win on the backs of our personality conflicts, outright lying, giving away our money,and , sometimes , plain old fraud. So, let’s think and watch out,with the eye on the end result.

  27. @Keep it up said at 12:22 pm on May 4th, 2013:

    it’s not about who votes with the reps vs dems. It is who votes with the people’s benefit in mind. Who votes with the constitution in mind. That R vs D mindset is all wrong, they have become one team and we have been left out of the game.

  28. MMM in the tank for Kryillos said at 12:51 pm on May 4th, 2013:

    if there is a fool in the room Silence Dogood, Redux, its you – and everyone knows it.

    Hmmm, lack of a record of being an educator – that’s funny, the Cavalry Christian School verified she is a school teacher. The NRA verified she is a Lifetime Member of the NRA.

    On the other hand, Kyrillos votes verified he supports the disgusting practice of partial birth abortions – voting for human cloning to use for spare body parts. You can’t get any more fringe and out of the main stream than that. Kyrillos votes in the Senate for raising our taxes have been verified. Kryillos saying he wanted wealth distribution is verified. And having a convicted sex offender join you as a host (and he took his money in campaign donations) is verified too.

    You are just a paid political operative of the Kyrillos campaign – paid to be a troll on websites to smear and use character assassination. The amount of hit pieces on Bellew is far more and unreliable versus the facts about the Joe’ker.

  29. Even the Dems are Dumping on Golden said at 1:38 pm on May 4th, 2013:


  30. Middletowner said at 1:57 pm on May 4th, 2013:

    There’s no intra-party strife. If it weren’t for MMM, nobody would even be aware there’s a challenge. And except for its readers, nobody actually is

  31. @Middletowner said at 1:59 pm on May 4th, 2013:

    what party are YOU affiliated with?

  32. TROOF said at 9:51 am on May 5th, 2013:

    Must make things really simple for you folks who base your entire political ideology on two issues.