By Thomas Stokes, Middletown
With the June 4th primary rapidly approaching, I wanted to share why I’m supporting Republican Joe Kyrillos for State Senate.
I began working for Conservative candidates in High School when Barry Goldwater ran for President. In college, I founded the first Young Americans for Freedom (YAF) chapter at NYU. I served as a Municipal Chairman of the NY State Conservative Party and worked hard to elect Ronald Reagan (Chair, Taxpayers For Reagan) before moving to New Jersey many years ago.
Joe and I have been good friends for a number of years. I have been proud to support him in every election. Now, he’s facing a new primary opponent – and what I have discovered about his opponent is alarming, and is something that should also concern you. By the way, contrary to claims she’s an attorney, Joe’s opponent never even went to law school, let alone pass a bar exam.
Leigh-Ann Bellew claims she is a champion of fiscal responsibility. Unfortunately, it’s just not true. Three years ago, she racked up almost $140,000 in credit card debt on 20 different credit cards – including payment to a vacation timeshare company in Las Vegas – and didn’t pay the bills. Instead, she filed for bankruptcy. How can we trust her to be the conservative leader we need when she can’t even be responsible for her own finances?
To make matters worse, the Monmouth County Democrat Chairman has now confirmed reports that Ms. Bellew’s campaign has sought funding and other assistance from the Democrats in this primary!
Joe’s opponent is fiscally and politically irresponsible and doesn’t deserve our vote. However, she certainly needs our prayers. A helping hand, not a handout, is a true hallmark of compassionate conservatism.
What unites us as Conservatives isn’t found in speeches and platitudes, but our firm belief in personal responsibility. It’s not just the talk, it’s also the walk!
We have exceptional leaders in Joe Kyrillos, Amy Handlin and Declan O’Scanlon. In Trenton, they’ve stood side-by-side with Governor Christie to balance our budget, cap property taxes and fix our public pension system. The results? We’re spending less money now than when Jon Corzine left office. There are 5,000 fewer government employees. And, Pension reforms are saving taxpayers billions of dollars over the next few decades. These are real, conservative results.
And, right here in Monmouth County, Freeholders Tom Arnone and Serena DiMaso along with Sheriff Shaun Golden, have worked tirelessly to ensure that our local government is spending less of our hard earned money while improving services and public safety.
Our Monmouth county leaders have kept their promise of strong, conservative leadership! Now we must stand with them on June 4th.
I urge you join me, and fellow conservatives in supporting Joe Kyrillos in the Republican primary, Tuesday, June 4th. If you can’t make it to the polls, please fill out the enclosed vote by mail application. Please remember, all applications must be received by the Monmouth County Clerk no later than May 28th.
And please keep our servicemen and women in your prayers. They are in the front lines defending our liberties and freedoms. May God Bless them and their families and May God Bless America!
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