Bellew Needs To Come Clean On Her Credentials

State Senate primary candidate Leigh-Ann Bellew owes her supporters, and the voters of the 13th Legislative District, the truth about her resume.  Any candidate’s educational and employment history is an important consideration for voters to take into account when choosing their nominees and elected officials.  Bellew is asking Republican voters to fire an long term and distinguished incumbent in Senator Joe Kyrillos, and to hire her instead.   In order for her candidacy to be taken seriously, she needs to be transparent about her education, career and character.

Bellew has gone into hiding since the questions about her resume and education have become public.  When the questions about her legal education arose in early April, Bellew told MMM that she graduated from law school in Texas but never took the bar exam.  She said she went to work in customer service for American Express rather than pursue a career as a lawyer, and then exited the work force to raise her children.

However, since PolitickerNJ questioned the veracity of her resume, Bellew has stopped returning MMM’s repeated phone calls.  Her campaign manager, Dwayne Horner, has not been able to provide answers.

Bellew, her running mates and campaign volunteers have been distorting Kyrillos’s record. Kyrillos is a moderate, but he is not a tax and borrow liberal as the Bayshore Tea Party Group backed ticket is claiming.  Kryillos does not support partial birth abortion and death panels, as the duplicitous literature the BTPG backed campaign has been distributing claims.

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If a candidate or campaign is going to take liberties with the truth about their opponent’s record, they at the very least should have the decency to be transparent about something as basic about their own education and career.

Leigh-Ann Bellew can put an end to all of this nonsense over her past by simply proving she has the degrees she has claimed she has.  She should do that immediately.  If Bellew has embellished her past, she should come clean about that and explain herself.

Posted: May 6th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: 13th Legislative District, 2013 Election, Bayshore Tea Party Group, Joe Kyrillos, Leigh-Ann Bellew, Monmouth GOP, Primary Election | Tags: , , , , | 10 Comments »

10 Comments on “Bellew Needs To Come Clean On Her Credentials”

  1. Politicalpony said at 1:40 pm on May 6th, 2013:

    “Kyrillos is a moderate”

    By todays standards that makes him a Progressive 101. Enough is enough. It’s time we put elected officials into office that know, understand and will abide by our Constitution. LeeAnn Belew is that someone. She and all the other CONSERVATIVE Republican Candidates running for office.

    It’s time to end the bait and switch. It’s time to put an end to the insider click that which the Republican Party is. The party isn’t for the people, the party is for the party. The selected few, the Wannabe Elitists among us.

    No more pulling the the Left, it’s time to snatch them up and make them come back too the Right. Conservative principles such as smaller government, less spending, lower taxes and the Rule Of Constitutional law. These problems our state and nation find themselves in can easily be fixed without endless countless Bills being legislated. The trick to it is rolling back that which has already been legislated. Smaller is the key word. Commonsense should be the Mantra. The best way to untangle a ball of yarn is in the reverse order it was twisted.

  2. Leigh Ann Bellew said at 1:43 pm on May 6th, 2013:

    Is another wanna be politician who doesn’t have the guts to answer questions. Perhaps, she is even now disgraced according to these posts and comments.

    Leigh Ann Bellew is not the one to untangle that yarn.


    Silence Dogood, Redux

  3. Astraea said at 2:22 pm on May 6th, 2013:

    It would seem that being dishonest about one’s education & professional credentials, wipes out any of those “great things” a person says they’re gonna do in the future. Not being forthcoming with details, is just as bad as being dishonest. Surely it’s not difficult to provide copies of transcripts, certificates of graduation, and professional licenses.

  4. Voting AGAINST Kyrillos said at 4:25 pm on May 6th, 2013:

    Art, you have some problems with this article:

    A) you say he is not a “he is not a tax and borrow liberal” yet he has voted to raise taxes & borrow billions in debt. He admitted to both in the US Senate Debate. Why are you lying about his record?

    He said during the US Senate run that the wealthy should pay more – that we need more revenue going to the government.

    B) you say he “does not support partial birth abortion and death panels” but the NJ Right to Life disagrees with you. He voted for S1909 which gives mandates PBA to kill babies just before birth as not to violate the terms of human cloning. He voted for S2199 that established New Jersey death panels.

    So by your definition, a vote does NOT equal support? How silly is that…we know better Art.

    You can say whatever you want, make up allegations, and go on a fishing expedition. You have that right. But you’ve been caught lying in this (and other) articles so why should anyone believe you? Oh, and hiding, that’s funny – she came to my door Saturday and asked me for my vote. That’s not hiding to me. I wouldn’t want to talk to your lying butt either.

  5. Voting AGAINST Kyrillos said at 4:26 pm on May 6th, 2013:


    #1 As a State Senator, Joe Kyrillos has voted and sponsored bills that increase taxes. “But when Gov. Christie Whitman wanted to hike the gas tax in 1998, Kyrillos was a co-sponsor and publicly advocated for the measure, which Republican legislative leaders rejected. In 1997, he voted to double the tax rate on tobacco products. (SOURCE: http://www.nj.com/politics/index.ssf/2012/10/menendez_kyrillos_political_fo.html)

    #2 As a State Senator, Joe Kyrillos pushed through a bill that added 2.8 billion in new debt to the state of New Jersey. “Kyrillos said he voted for a $2.8 billion pension bond that former Republican Governor Christine Whitman used in 1997 to pare a gap in the fund. New Jersey’s pension deficit [has grown to] $41.8 billion as of June.” (SOURCE: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-02-01/n-j-lawmaker-kyrillos-announces-plans-to-run-against-menendez-for-senate.html). He claims that in order to fix the system, he needed for the Republicans to gain control. Why on earth would a, to use your words “distinguished incumbent” knowingly create a legislative problem that he knew would have to be fixed later? (SOURCE: http://www.politifact.com/new-jersey/statements/2012/jun/17/robert-menendez/robert-menendez-claims-joe-kyrillos-voted-raid-pen/) “That’s what happened in New Jersey, whose politicians should never be allowed to forget how they bought into Governor Christine Todd Whitman’s pension obligation bond in 1997. And that, in the end, is what pension obligation bonds are really all about: budgets. They’re budgetary gimmicks. In exchange for one or two years of relief from having to make contributions to the pension system, the state or municipality that sells these things mortgages the future.” (SOURCE: http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=newsarchive&sid=a55YHbUZvMmQ&refer=columnist_mysak)

    Understand that former Governor Jon Corzine called it the ““the dumbest idea I ever heard….It’s speculating the way I would have speculated in my bond position at Goldman Sachs.” (SOURCE: http://crr.bc.edu/wp-content/uploads/2010/01/SLP_9-508.pdf) Corzine knows about bad schemes, just look at his time at MF Global.

    #3 As a candidate for the US Senate, Joe Kyrillos was quoted as saying “I understand over time we’re going to have to raise more revenue,” Kyrillos, a veteran state legislator seeking to oust Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez, said (SOURCE: http://www.northjersey.com/news/politics/nj_politics/GOP_Senate_candidate_Joe_Kyrillos_open_to_tax_hikes_.html?page=all)

    #4 As a candidate for the US Senate Joe Kyrillos was quoted as saying “I think there are some more high net worth people that should pay more.” (SOURCE: http://www.wnyc.org/shows/bl/2012/jul/11/meet-candidates-kyrillos/ audio clip is attached)

    You also say “Kryillos does not support partial birth abortion and death panels, as the duplicitous literature the BTPG backed campaign has been distributing claims.” Art, these aren’t “claims” to use your characterization, these are facts (again, every press release has indicated the source and factual information):

    #1 As a State Senator, Joe Kyrillos voted “yes” to S1909. This bill is known as the “Clone & Kill” bill. According to Marie Tasy, the Legislative director for New Jersey Right to Life, “[S1909 allows for] the creation of cloned human beings to be implanted into a uterus at the embryonic stage and grown up until the ninth month for the express purpose of destroying them to harvest their organs and cells.” Tasy adds, “It would require partial birth abortions and other types of abortions up to the ninth month of pregnancy because the prohibited conduct says you can’t bring the cloned child to term and draws the line at the newborn stage.” New Jersey Right to Life amassed several legal experts that came to the conclusion that S1909 would not prevent a woman from deciding to give birth to a cloned baby. (SOURCE: http://cnsnews.com/news/article/nj-stem-cell-bill-might-allow-human-cloning-critics-say) “In their quest for national fame and notoriety, NJ lawmakers have [in passing S1909] acted irresponsibly to create a foul climate where ghoulish human experimentation and organ harvesting will be performed, and human embryo and fetal farms will flourish throughout our state,” said Marie Tasy. “Because the prohibited conduct of cloning a human being draws the line only at the newborn stage, abortions including partial birth abortions up to the day of delivery, would be authorized under [the bill that was passed]” noted Tasy. (SOURCE: New Jersey Right to Life Press Release December 16, 2002) “Uusing “embryonic stem cell research” (ESCR) as a Trojan Horse, the authors of New Jersey Assembly Bill 2840 [The companion bill to S1909] are trying to sneak one of the most radical human cloning legalization schemes ever proposed into law. Its true raison d’être is to explicitly authorize researchers to conduct experiments on cloned human embryos and fetuses, a radical purpose clearly discernable within the bill’s text:” (SOURCE http://www.weeklystandard.com/Content/Public/Articles/000/000/003/482iusla.asp) By adding the clause “A person who knowingly engages or assists, directly or indirectly, in the cloning of a human being is guilty of a crime of the first degree. As used in this section, “cloning of a human being” means the replication of a human individual by cultivating a cell with genetic material through the egg, embryo, fetal and newborn stages into a new human individual” it mandates partial birth abortion. The goal is to implant in a woman a cloned human embryo, let it be carried to just prior to term, then destroying seconds before birth which is the clinical definition of partial birth abortion. It is unequivocally true that Senator Joe Kyrillos voted for this bill and as such supports partial birth abortions.

    #2 As a State Senator, Joe Kyrillos voted for S2199 that establishes the NJ Advisory Council on End-of-Life Care in DHSS, i.e. Death Panels. (SOURCE: http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/2010/Bills/AL11/113_.HTM)

    So as you can see Art, your colorful words are either just inaccurate or a coordinated attempt to mislead voters. It is obvious that your work is commentary, and as such, you can label Joe Kyrillos anyway you want. You’re entitled to your own opinion but not to claim there are no facts presented by the Bellew for State Senate Campaign. You say the campaign is claiming that Joe Kyrillos isn’t something that he really is. Ronald Reagan would not call someone conservative who has factually raised taxes and increased debt by over 2.8 billion and making ignorant claims that problem is he cannot fix it without a Republican majority. He never should have created the monstrosity in the first place. This clearly flies in the face of your claim he has had a “distinguished” career. Ronald Reagan most certainly would have called someone “distinguished’ who undeniably voted for a disgusting bill that clearly gives the authority to companies in New Jersey to develop human harvesting operations which require the willful destruction of innocent human life. This is neither conservative nor distinguished. For you to claim on your blog that Joe Kryillos “does not support partial birth abortion and death panels” is just a flat out lie.

  6. Really Andrea said at 4:55 pm on May 6th, 2013:

    Andrea, you say “Not being forthcoming with details, is just as bad as being dishonest. Surely it’s not difficult to provide copies of transcripts, certificates of graduation, and professional licenses.”

    Wonder why Joe wasn’t “forthcoming” with his W-2s or 1099s in the Senate Race? From this wonderful site of truth MMM: “The couple did not disclose their W-2s or 1099s which would have revealed the source of their incomes.” http://www.moremonmouthmusings.net/2012/08/17/kyrillos-shows-press-his-tax-returns/

  7. Art Gallagher said at 5:56 pm on May 6th, 2013:

    Voting AGAINST…
    1) You’re welcome to post anonymously, but please, try to keep to the same identity so we all know who we are following. That goes for everybody. A request, not a new rule.

    Or you could just use your real name.

    By the way, why does someone in Prosper, Texas have such an interest in a New Jersey legislative primary?

    2)You are not citing facts. You’re cherry picking votes and statements from a 25 year legislative career to fit your narrative.

    Tell us about all the tax increases Joe voted against. Many, many many more than he voted for. Same for borrowing.

    3)The Death Panel charge is ridiculous. The NJ Advisory Council on End-of-Life-Care bill did not create a “Death Panel.” The council, which was created for only 18 months, was created to review End of Life Care in New Jersey and to make policy recommendations to the Governor and the Legislature. It was authorized in August of 2011. It’s report was due within 18 months of its organization. Then the council expires. The purpose was to improve End Of Life Care.

    3) S1909. I noticed you linked to a special interests group’s press release rather than the bill. NJ Right to Life’s is guilty of hyperbole in this case, and many others. They would be far more affective as pro-life advocates if they stuck to the facts.

    S1909 did not allow partial birth abortions. It related to embryotic stem cell research on embryos from fertility clinics that would have been otherwise destroyed and discarded.

    I did not agree with Joe’s vote on the bill, but you are outright lying about it and hiding beyond NJ Right to Life’s hyperbole.

    Please Mr. Texas reader, please just get Leigh-Ann to prove she has the degrees she told me she has.

    As far as your personal attacks on me using other names… I don’t have a Journalism degree. I have an Economics degree and more readers than most people with Journalism degrees.

    Your other posts were flagged by the spam filter because you used multiple identities from the same IP address. Clever more using my email address, but I would have approve your posts way. Like I said, it would be a lot easier if you just used one identity. I suggest you call yourself Dwayne.

  8. Barry said at 8:10 pm on May 6th, 2013:

    If you are going to quote Reagan, just rememebr Reagan raised taxes in 1982, and then again in 1983 to save Socail security. During the Bush administration Reagan supported the Brady bill. The BSTG and their supporters like to rewrite or misinterprt history. So yes I think Ronald Reagan would have called Joe Kryillos distinguished.

  9. Show the Creds said at 9:19 pm on May 6th, 2013:

    or get out of the race. Credentials mean credibility. Never over-reach and be unwilling to prove who and what you are, you will be buried.

  10. Democrats turned her down said at 9:24 pm on May 6th, 2013:

    when asking for money to fund her campaign, what is next pandering.