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.Art Gallagher | Filed under: 13th Legislative District, 2013 Election, Barbara Gonzalez, Bayshore Tea Party Group, Declan O'Scanlon, Joe Kyrillos, Leigh-Ann Bellew, Monmouth GOP | Tags: Amy Handlin, Barbara Gonzalez, Bayshore Tea Party Group, BTPG, Declan O'Scanlon, Edna Walsh, Joe Kyrillos, Leigh-Ann Bellew, Serena DiMaso, Shaun Golden, Steve Boracchia, Tom Arnone, Two Rivers Republican Club of Fair Haven | 23 Comments »