O’Scanlon On Offense

Assemblyman Declan O'Scanlon

Assemblyman Declan O’Scanlon

Assemblyman Declan O’Scanlon said the Bayshore Tea Party Group backed challenge of the 13th Legislative District incumbents and the Monmouth GOP county-wide incumbents, is inspired by nothing more than the need for attention and the desire for relevance on the part of the challenging candidates and of Barbara Gonzalez, co-founder of BTPG.  O’Scanlon flat out challenged the group’s integrity.

O’Scanlon made his charge directly to the faces of the challenging candidates who showed up last night, Leigh-Ann Bellew for Senate, Edna Walsh and Steve Boracchia running for Assembly, BTPG co-founder Barbara Gonzalez, along with approximately 30 other Republican primary voters at a Meet the Candidates Night hosted by the Two Rivers Republican of Fair Haven.

O’Scanlon was representing himself and his running mates, Senator Joe Kyrillos and Assemblywoman Amy Handlin at the gathering.  Freeholder Director Tom Arnone and Sheriff Shaun Golden spoke on behalf of themselves and Freeholder Deputy Director Serena DiMaso.  All three men defended the conservative records of the incumbents and called out the challengers for running against the wrong candidates, dividing the party, and distorting their records to the Republican primary voters.

O’Scanlon went after the challengers aggressively on the content of their campaign, without personal attacks.

“Is this what we’re here for?” Gonzalez shouted out as O’Scanlon defended his conservative bona fides, that of his running mates and accused his challengers of distorting the incumbents record.  “We were invited here on false pretenses,” Walsh objected.  Bellew prepared to walk out, but stayed at Walsh’s behest.

“Joe Kyrillos has more integrity in his pinky finger than all of our challengers combined,” declared O’Scanlon, “he will look you in the eye and tell you where he stands. These people(the challengers and BTPG) are distorting our records. They are lying to voters at a time when we should be united to defeat Democrats and take control of the legislature.”

“We have not attacked you and we’re not lying,” Walsh retorted. “You’re trying to get me fired,” O’Scanlon snapped back, “Let’s look at your literature,” he said as he took a campaign piece out of a folder, “Did you review it before it went out?” Walsh sat silently, dumbfounded.

In his three minute presentation to the group, Boracchia spoke of the need for smaller government and local control. “I’m from Atlantic Highlands, a small town where I can talk to the mayor in the coffee shop and tell him what’s going on.”  “I talked to your mayor, Fred Rast, two hours ago,” O’Scanlon replied, “he doesn’t know you. Fred said you’re not involved in anything in the town.”  Borachhia sat silently, dumbfounded.

“When you ran two years ago, ” O’Scanlon addressed Borachhia who ran for Senate as an Independent in 2011, “your tax reform proposal would have sent income taxes skyrocketing. Your numbers don’t make sense. You don’t know what you’re talking about.”  Borachhia sat silently, dumbfounded.

O’Scanlon read aloud a text message that Bellew sent Kyrillos on November 9, 2012, three days after the general election that Kyrillos lost to U.S. Senator Bob Menendez.  Bellew was shaking her head and fidgeting like a ragdoll as O’Scanlon read.

“Joe you should have no regret about running. You were clearly the better choice. But the voters were blinded for lack of knowledge. Our job is to change that. You ran we’ll (sic) my friend and I am proud that I can still call you Senator Kyrillos 🙂 (emphasis added)

O’Scanlon followed the reading of Bellew’s glowing text message by showing a photograph of Gonzalez presenting a Gadsden Don’t Tread On Me pin to Kyrillos .

Bellew got up to defend the text. “Kyrillos was a better choice than Mendenez, but he doesn’t defend life and he doesn’t defend our liberty.”

“Joe Kyrillos’ record hasn’t changed since you sent that text,” retorted O’Scanlon, “proud to call you Senator!”

“What about that bill, S1901, clone and kill,” said Walsh trying to bail Bellew out, “that’s current.” “That was in 2003,” O’Scanlon snapped back, and you all have supported Kyrillos since!”  Walsh sat silently, dumbfounded.

When it was all over, Gonzalez said to MMM, “This is what happens when regular people get absorbed into the machine.  They (O’Scanlon, Arone and Golden) are too polished.  I should run.  I should really run.”

Chucky-horror-movies-8014363-420-530For Gonzalez’s perspective on the evening where she calls O’Scanlon “Chuckie” the small doll from the horror movie, complements Arone and calls Golden a liar, click here.

Posted: May 22nd, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: 13th Legislative District, 2013 Election, Barbara Gonzalez, Bayshore Tea Party Group, Declan O'Scanlon, Joe Kyrillos, Leigh-Ann Bellew, Monmouth GOP | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , | 23 Comments »

23 Comments on “O’Scanlon On Offense”

  1. Not Ready for Prime Time said at 10:24 am on May 22nd, 2013:

    Classic. Utterly unprepared. Way to go Declan!! Call it what it is: self-absorbed candidates who just want attention: But but but we’re the tea party!! We are relevant, dammit!!

    And Barbara couldn’t even be troubled to spell the name of the town “Fair Haven” not “Fairhaven” and also got Declan’s name wrong in her piece.

    What a joke

  2. monmouth girl said at 10:31 am on May 22nd, 2013:

    “When it was all over, Gonzalez said to MMM, “This is what happens when regular people get absorbed into the machine. They (O’Scanlon, Arone and Golden) are too polished. I should run. I should really run.”

    OH MY GOD! Barbara is the biggest egomanic on the planet. She is basically saying that her candidates are complete and utter clueless losers (which they are) but that she is the savior.

    PLEASE RUN BABS – I love to laugh.

    All Hail Queen Barbara – our SAVIOR!

  3. Shore Guy said at 10:32 am on May 22nd, 2013:


  4. About time said at 10:39 am on May 22nd, 2013:

    FINALLY. Someone calls these guys out on their hypocrisy. O’Scanlon has been an “up and comer” in Monmouth for some time, but more recently we can see that he is really coming into his own.

  5. Conservative for Kyrillos-Handlin-O'Scanlon said at 10:55 am on May 22nd, 2013:

    Barbara writes in her piece that “Mr. O’Scanlon is actually not all that bad as far as being conservative goes”. THEN WHY IS MR. O’SCANLON BEING PRIMARIED? This primary is doing nothing more than dividing the Republican Party in Monmouth County, which is hurting the NJ Republican Party’s chances of taking back the NJ Legislature, which is a solid possibility this election cycle. Vote June 4th for Kyrillos, Handlin and O’Scanlon, as well as our county candidates, Sheriff Shaun Golden and Freeholders Tom Arnone and Serena DiMaso.

  6. Bob English said at 11:08 am on May 22nd, 2013:

    This my friends is why you have Candidates Nights!!!

  7. monmouth girl said at 11:16 am on May 22nd, 2013:

    Na na na na, na na na na, hey hey, goodbye

    Na na na na, na na na na, hey hey, goodbye

    Na na na na, na na na na, hey hey, goodbye

    Barbara, Peters, Bellew, Borachhia and the rest of you whose names we don’t know and will never hear from again !!!!!!!!!!!!!

    T.E.A. – Tea (Party) Enough Already!

  8. Offense...really????....Puhleeze! said at 12:58 pm on May 22nd, 2013:

    Declan was the ONE Monmouth GOP I was voting for—that was before this hissy fit tirade became public. Who the hell is he to come out on the offensive with his perceived god-given right that he, and only he, is entitled to represent the people from this district in Trenton?

    You blew it pal. I may like you, but it’s not enough for you to now receive my lever pull.

    I’ll place–or would like to place–another individual capable of pulling the “yes” or “no” buttons in Trenton.

    If the people running this primary are not quality candidates–let us, the people decide.
    Until I read this article today, you WERE my choice.

  9. As In 2006 said at 5:36 pm on May 22nd, 2013:

    Bellew can’t handle the heat and resorts to baseless attacks when she doesn’t get what she wants. Instead, she want’s to walk out instead of answering the hard questions and hiding like she did in the porta pottie in Asbury in 2006 when challenged hard by union workers.

    The rest of these candidates have NO clue what they are talking about and basically can be called liars for some of the things Declan challenged them on, like the coffee shop visits with the Mayor.

    Barbara Gonzalez needs to be run out of town as far as a Tea Party Leader. She knows nothing of running campaigns and continually digs herself a hole.

    “Maybe I ought to run,” Gonzolaz said.

    Oh Please. Stop it now, you are getting sillier and sillier by the minute.

    Jim Granelli

  10. We need a Real Monmouth Tea Party said at 5:46 pm on May 22nd, 2013:

    now, more than ever!

    Especially one that has political savvy and experience.

    Passion of the heart, without the brains to control that passion, will never achieve the values of limited government, lower taxes and individal liberty.

    In fact, in doing what they have done, they hav hurt the cause they claim to believe in.

  11. Agenda 21 exposed said at 5:48 pm on May 22nd, 2013:

    The Bayshore Tea Party group has made a big deal about Agenda 21.

    Since most people have no idea what this is, here is a youtube video explaining and exposing this Agenda 21.


  12. MoreMonmouthMusings » Blog Archive » Which candidates are better known? said at 6:34 pm on May 22nd, 2013:

    […] scolding the challengers for running against “the best, most conservative, delegation in the legislature,” and […]

  13. @We Need A Real said at 8:44 pm on May 22nd, 2013:

    As I expressed earlier, even though I am out of the district I would be glad to help. Art knows how to get ahold of me.

    Jim Granelli

  14. Politicalpony said at 10:35 pm on May 22nd, 2013:

    It would seem to me that all this shows is the difference between a professional politician and a civilian trying to make a change for the better.

    Inexperience in front of a group doesn’t mean they wouldn’t know the right things to do once in office. And if they were to legislate to their convictions, they would make far better leaders with their decisions than the established politicians who do as they are told by the political heads.

    I See a lot of hecklers and Jeckles in here that would rather feel and stay safe by keeping with what they know rather than stepping out over the line and taking back what’s rightfully theirs, the government.

    Someone made the comment “why do they want to break up the party? This is the best chance we have fire the Republicans to take back control in Trenton”.
    Someone needs to educate this person in districts and re-distributing. The Republicans gave away that opportunity back in 2010. Because of all the Gerrymandering, each election for the next ten years grantees a democratic control in Trenton, unless of course something unseen and unheard of takes place between now and then. For example, Christie some how doing away with all public unions.

    We need people that will stand firm in their convictions. People that hold close regard for our constitution “at least know what’s in it and what it means”. We don’t have any if those traits coming together in the incumbents. Don’t you think its time we found someone who does?

    I Have more faith in a truck driver coming to my rescue than I do any incumbent. How about you?

  15. Stouthearted Patriot said at 11:30 pm on May 22nd, 2013:

    When Tea Party Approved and Constitutionally Certified candidate for Governor Seth Grossman wins the GOP primary on June 4 he will unite the Party under conservative leadership and the Tea Party banner. As the leader of our Party Seth will put an end to all this mudslinging, and appoint a Party Chair who will restore conservative values at both the state and county level.

    Once the GOP is united under Seth Grossman and the conservative banner, their candidates will sweep the Democrats out of office and take control of the Legislature. This can only be accomplished by working together to restore conservative leadership and principles to the Republican Party.

  16. Stouthearted Patriot said at 11:35 pm on May 22nd, 2013:

    Check out this latest ad from Tea Party Approved and Constitutionally Certified candidate for Governor, Seth Grossman. I don’t think there is any better way to express the disgust and outrage conservatives feel about what RINO leadership has done to New Jersey

  17. monmouth girl said at 9:29 am on May 23rd, 2013:

    Seth Grossman is the only candidate “certified” by a mental health professional. The certificate stated that he is “INSANE.”

  18. @monmuth girl said at 10:51 am on May 23rd, 2013:

    It is “certifiable” not certified.

  19. monmouth girl said at 10:53 am on May 23rd, 2013:

    either way – he is a loon

  20. Equine Imbecile said at 12:05 pm on May 23rd, 2013:

    has it wrong again.

    “Inexperience in front of a group doesn’t mean they wouldn’t know the right things to do once in office. And if they were to legislate to their conviction

    Well, apparently Bellew didn’t know how to handle her money, and you want her handling ours?

    Well, apparently lies about her credentials and you want a liar in office?

    Coming to your rescue? After all the false claims and bull from the BSTPG, we’ll leave you hanging. Thank you very much.


    Silence Dogood, Redux

    Do you actually wake up in the morning with these delusional thoughts or do you work on them after your breakfast of nuts?

  21. Helene said at 8:04 pm on May 23rd, 2013:

    Does everyone feel safer knowing that O’Scanlon is out slaying red light cameras.

  22. @Helene said at 8:30 pm on May 23rd, 2013:

    What, are there demons under your bed that O’Scanlon is supposed to protect you from?

    Declan is one of the MOST Conservative elected officials in the county and YOU want to dump him because you supposedly don’t feel safe, what over 2nd amendment rights?

    You want to replace people with liars and inept candidates, people who can’t raise money for elections other than loaning themselves campaign $ and begging from DEMOCRATS of all people?

    Get real woman.


    Silence Dogood, Redux

  23. Politicalpony said at 9:20 pm on June 3rd, 2013:

    Doggie Doo Doo,

    You titled that last post correctly
    “Equine Imbecile” Cause your nothing but a Democrat and a Jackass. How ya like me now 😉