By Art Gallagher
After over three weeks of media silence, the Bellew for Senate campaign issued a scathing 920 word press release this afternoon accusing State Senator Joe Kyrillos and Assembly members Amy Handlin and Declan O’Scanlon of hypocrisy, liberalism, slander, ducking debates and being mean.
Also blasted by Bellew Jersey, was “an organized army of cronies (that) have waged a campaign of personal attacks and character assassination on members of the Tea Party.”
“They have used surrogates in a legion of non-journalistic blogs and Internet attack machines to call the Tea Party “nut jobs.” To the Tea Party, this closely resembles Obama campaign style tactics of personal destruction. In fact, it mirrors what the IRS is now in trouble for doing – trying to silence their critics. Conservatives know this destroys any credibility Joe Kyrillos, Declan O’Scanlan, and Amy Handlin and their liberal Republican establishment team could possibly claim to have in support of the patriots fighting for limited government.”
The release, which was sent out by and paid for by Bellew for State Senate, quotes Senate Candidate Leigh-Ann Bellew, Bayshore Tea Party Group co-founder Barbara Gonzalez, and Assembly Candidate Steven Boracchia. Assembly Candidate Edna Walsh was mentioned but not quoted in the statement which can be read in its entirety here.
The Tea Party Group and their candidates were ostensibly set off by a joint press release that Kyrillos, Handlin and O’Scanlon sent out on Friday expressing their outrage over the recent IRS scandal over targeting Tea Party groups throughout the nation for intense scrutiny and demanding that the Obama Administration be held accountable for the IRS’s behavior. The 13th District Legislator’s release can be read in its entirety here.
By my reading, the Bellew/Bayshore Tea Party team’s complaints don’t match up with the Legislator’s release, which did not defend Tea Party groups, but rather condemned the IRS actions and the Obama Administration’s suspected complicity.
I assume the unnamed “non-journalistic blogs and Internet attack machines” means MMM and CNJPolitics. I can’t speak for or about CNJPolitics, but I stand by the fairness with which MMM has covered the LD 13 primary.