LD 13 GOP State Senate challenger Leigh-Ann Bellew wasted no time in kicking off her campaign to unseat incumbent State Senator Joe Kyrillos.
“Negative” is not a strong enough word for the press release Bellew sent out this afternoon. “Scathing” is a more accurate description.
IN OFFICE SINCE THE 1980s, KYRILLOS TAKES HEAT FROM CONSERVATIVE PRIMARY CHALLENGE
Union Beach, NJ — State Senator and defeated 2012 U.S. Senate candidate Joe Kyrillos, a leading GOP “moderate” who has broken with most Republicans on taxes, abortion and gun control, is facing a conservative primary challenger backed by a full slate of candidates.
“Joe Kyrillos has been in office since the 1980s – that’s nearly 30 years – and his ‘accomplishments’ have included tripling state spending, endorsing new and expanded gun control laws, and supporting abortion,” said Leigh-Ann Bellew, a Union Beach educator and conservative activist challenging Kyrillos in the June 4 Republican Primary.
Bellew and Kyrillos are facing off in the Northern Monmouth County based Thirteenth District, one of the state’s most Republican and conservative districts and one that produced big numbers for Mitt Romney despite being hit heavily by Hurricane Sandy.
“Whoever wins the Republican Primary will be the next Senator in this district,” Bellew predicted. “And districts like ours should be electing strong conservative leaders who will challenge and confront Democratic politicians who use Monmouth County’s suburban taxpayers to feed excessive government spending,” Bellew said. “And with Governor Christie expected to exceed the more than 2 to 1 margin win over Jon Corzine in 2009, the chances of Democrats winning this seat are virtually non-existent.”
“In Trenton since the 1980s, and in the Senate for more than 20 years, Joe Kyrillos has distinguished himself for being a nice guy, but he shares responsibility for many of the problems in our state. He’s responsible because rather than speak out and lead, Joe Kyrillos kept quiet and kept voting yes. And here we are.”
Bellew pointed out that “since going to Trenton, Joe Kyrillos has tripled state spending and exploded debt by tens of billions of dollars. He not only supported expanded gun control laws, but was the leader of a pro-abortion group that demanded the Republican Party stop being pro-life.”
“A conservative district, like this Northern Monmouth county seat, should be electing one of the most conservative leaders in Trenton, rather than a moderate who, after more than a quarter century in Trenton, has not had the conviction to lead. It’s time for a conservative change and that’s why I’m running.”
In 2006, Bellew was the Republican Candidate for the U.S. House of Representative in New Jersey’s 6th Congressional District.
Joining Bellew’s ticket as the Assembly candidates are Edna Walsh (55) of Middletown and Stephen Boracchia (52) of Atlantic Highlands.
“It is an honor to be supported by dedicated conservative leaders who will work with me to reduce state spending, cut taxes, stop the debt, stand up for our gun rights and speak out strongly for our conservative values – including pro-life issues,” Bellew added. “That’s something Joe Kyrillos has failed to do in his nearly thirty years in Trenton.”
Asked why she’s going so negative so early, Bellew told MoreMonmouthMusings, “I’m in this race to win it. In order to do that I can’t hold back because I know Joe. There is nothing in my release that is not true.”