Someone commissioned ‘phone ID’ calls in LD 13 that went out yesterday asking Republican primary voters if they planned to vote for Republican Senator Joe Kyrillos, Tea Party challenger Leigh-Ann Bellew or if they are unsure.
Listen to the recording here.
It was left as a voice mail at an MMM reader’s home. The caller ID said the call came from 602-357-5922, a Phoenix, AZ landline listed to Danny Crosby.
None of the competing campaigns or candidates will cop to paying for the call. There was no ‘paid for’ disclosure.
‘Phone ID’ calls are not polls, per se. The data collected is used for get out the vote (GOTV) planning.
Dwayne Horner, Bellew’s campaign manager said his campaign did not commission the call. Bellew herself is apparently in hiding. She hasn’t returned a call in two weeks.
We tend to believe Horner as Bellew and her running mates have been running away from the ‘Tea Party’ label, preferring the ‘Republican for Conservative Leadership’ slogan. It doesn’t make sense that they would use “Tea Party” in their own call.
Two strategists affiliated with Kyrillos said they knew nothing about the call. One of them said that there has been ‘phone ID’ calls, but none of those calls followed the simple script of this call.
Kyrillos himself has not returned a call in a while either. We think he’s miffed at MMM for the Christian Peter stories and the coverage we’re giving the Tea Party candidates, especially Bellew. “You made those people,” meaning the Tea Party challengers, someone close to Kyrillos told MMM blogger Art Gallagher at Governor Christie’s press conference in Highlands on Monday. Joe will come around. John Bennett did.
Monmouth GOP Chairman John Bennett said he’s commissioned calls, but not this one. Bennett’s calls name only Governor Christie and refer to the ‘Regular Republican Organization’ and the ‘Bayshore Tea Party Organization.’
Assembly Members Declan O’Scanlon and Amy Handlin knew nothing of the call. Freeholder Director Tom Arnone said neither he, Deputy Director Serena DiMaso nor Sheriff Shaun Golden had anything to do with the call.
Bayshore Tea Party Group co-founder Barbara Gonzalez did not return a message asking if her group commissioned the call. That’s very unusual for Gonzalez. We think she’s miffed at us for the Ed Pekarsky coverage.
Tom Fitzsimmons said he knew nothing of the call and said it was amateurish that the question would be left as a voice mail. He said a call like this would cost about $250.
Whoever commissioned that robo call should get in touch with Fitzsimmons.