NJ Right To Life Defends Kyrillos And Handlin Against Bellew’s ‘Misinformation’

Pro-Life Advocate Endorses O’Scanlon In LD13 Primary

NJ Right to LifeMarie Tasy, Executive Director of New Jersey Right to Life issued a statement last night refuting the “misinformation” being circulated by State Senate Candidate Leigh-Ann Bellew and her Bayshore Tea Party Group backed running mates in the 13th legislative district Republican primary.

Tasy was quoted in a mailer sent by the Bellew/Bayshore Tea Party slate as saying that Senator Joe Kyrillos voted in favor of partial birth abortion.

In her statement to MoreMonmouthMusings, Tasy went into painstaking detail to list Kyrillos’s votes against partial birth abortion. She said that bill cited in Bellew’s mailer that Kyrillos voted for, S1909, was a “bill filled with very technical, scientific jargon that was rammed through the Senate at breakneck speed.” The bill legalized embryonic stem cell research and cloning, NOT partial birth abortion.  Tasy said that many Senators voted for the bill without fully understanding it.  Subsequently, Kyrillos voted against the funding of embryonic stem cell/cloning research with increased taxes and bonding.

Tasy noted that Assembly Members Amy Handlin and Declan O’Scanlon were not legislators when the partial birth abortion and embryonic stem cell/cloning research bills were voted on.

Tasy’s statement is particularly extraordinary because Kyrillos is pro-choice on abortion.  Tasy said she is not defending Kyrillos, but setting the record straight on the misinformation campaign.

 I am not writing to defend Senator Kyrillos’ record and well known position on abortion, but to set the record straight on the misinformation campaign that is being circulated regarding his voting record and the positions of Assemblyman O’Scanlon and Assemblywoman Handlin.  It should be noted that Assemblyman Declan O’Scanlon and Assemblywoman Amy Handlin were NOT  in the legislature at the time these bills were voted on and  therefore did  not vote on any of these bills.

“It says a lot about our opponents who call themselves conservatives that someone as highly respected in the Pro-Life community as Marie Tasy would take the time to refute the misinformation in their literature,” said O’Scanlon, “This is further confirmation of what I’ve been saying throughout the campaign, Bellew, her running mates, and the Bayshore Tea Party Group’s leadership have no integrity.”

Neither Bellew nor Bayshore Tea Party Group co-founder Barbara Gonzalez responded to an invitation to comment.

Tasy’s statement can be read in its entirety below:

I am writing to set the record straight regarding some misinformation that is being circulated in mailers to voters in the the 13th legislative district.   As the Executive Director of New Jersey Right to Life,  I have been actively involved in matters dealing with pro-life issues which the NJ Legislature has voted on over the years.    One of these which I am very familiar with is the NJ ban on partial birth abortions which passed in 1997. The truth of the matter is Senator Joseph Kyrillos  voted yes to ban partial birth abortions on June 16, 1997 (Bill A2409).  He also voted yes to override then- Governor Christine Todd Whitman’s veto of the partial birth abortion bill on December 15, 1997. To his credit, Senator  Kyrillos voted  yes three times  on two bills which would have required parental notification before a minor gets an abortion ( Bill A527 on June 24, 1999 and ACR2 on 6/28/01 and 01/07/02.)  It is true that Senator Kyrillos did vote for a bill (S1909 on 12/15/02) that legalized embryonic stem cell research and cloning as did many Senators at the time who didn’t have time to fully understand a bill filled with very technical, scientific jargon  that was rammed through  the Senate at breakneck speed.       Senator Kyrillos  voted No on all subsequent ballot measures that were posted for a full Vote in the Senate which would have raised taxes to fund stem cell/cloning research through a multi-million dollar bond  borrowing scheme (S2913 on 12/15/05, S2649 on 6/27/05 and S-1091 on 6/21/07).   I am not writing to defend Senator Kyrillos’ record and well known position on abortion, but to set the record straight on the misinformation campaign that is being circulated regarding his voting record and the positions of Assemblyman O’Scanlon and Assemblywoman Handlin.  It should be noted that Assemblyman Declan O’Scanlon and Assemblywoman Amy Handlin were NOT  in the legislature at the time these bills were voted on and  therefore did  not vote on any of these bills.  

New Jersey Right to Life PAC  is proud to endorse  Assemblyman Declan O’Scanlon for Assembly in this primary as we have done in past legislative elections.   As the  Republican Budget Officer on the Assembly Budget Committee, Assemblyman O’Scanlon has been a responsible, tenacious fighter for NJ  taxpayers.     He has been a vocal supporter of  Governor Christie’s decision to eliminate $7.5M in taxpayer money from the state budget for Planned Parenthood while ensuring that funding for legitimate healthcare for women is preserved.    Senator Kyrillos, Assemblyman O’Scanlon and Assemblywoman Handlin have repeatedly voted against Democrat attempts to restore $7.5M in taxpayer funds to Planned Parenthood which Governor Christie eliminated in the state budget.    Again, to reiterate my earlier point,  Assemblyman O’Scanlon and Assemblywoman Handlin did NOT serve in the Legislature when the NJ partial birth abortion ban and the Stem Cell/Cloning bill were voted on and any  implication in recent mailers by their opponents that they voted in favor of these measures is completely false.  

Marie Tasy,  Executive Director

New Jersey Right to Life

Posted: June 1st, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: 13th Legislative District, 2013 Election, Abortion, Amy Handlin, Barbara Gonzalez, Bayshore Tea Party Group, Declan O'Scanlon, Joe Kyrillos, LD 13, Leigh-Ann Bellew, Marie Tasy, NJ Right to Life, Primary Election | Tags: , , , , , , , | 12 Comments »

12 Comments on “NJ Right To Life Defends Kyrillos And Handlin Against Bellew’s ‘Misinformation’”

  1. I Told You said at 6:50 am on June 1st, 2013:

    Helene, Political Pony, Babs et al. Mrs Bellew is a charade, a phoney; based on my experience with her. But no, you all kept your rose colored glasses and follow the BSTPG Pied Piper.

    Instead, you chose to insult me and others. Sad little people you are.

    Jim Granelli

  2. Bab's rant on FB is hilarious said at 7:07 am on June 1st, 2013:

    The NRA is a bunch of RINOs; NJ Right to Life are bunch of RINOs and sniff sniff everyone is ganging up on the Tea Party!

    According to Babs, only her and Bob Gordan are right. Everyone else is wrong. Their insistence on everyone following their dogma is like conservative Political Correctness.

    Give it a break. This entire primary campaign is a fraud and attention grab by Babs and company.

  3. Give me a break said at 8:52 am on June 1st, 2013:

    They are not ganging up on the tea party, they are ganging up on the BAYSHORE tea party, which is an embarassment and a joke. The BSTP is working hand in hand with the local democrats to help elect democrats. They are not conservatives.

  4. We need a Real Monmouth Tea Party said at 10:22 am on June 1st, 2013:

    The Bayshore Tea Party Group has absolutely no credibility left. None, zip, nada…what a shame. They could have been so useful in educating the public on conservative values and principles – integrity, honesty, personal responsibility.

    Anyone willing to step up and create a Monmouth County Tea Party that does have integrity?

  5. Truth said at 10:26 am on June 1st, 2013:

    Either way Joe Kyrillos is Prochoice can’t defend that!

  6. tp109 said at 12:44 pm on June 1st, 2013:

    So let the co-headline read Joe Kyrillos is still a pro-abortion candidate.

  7. Congrats again to Declan... said at 6:48 pm on June 1st, 2013:

    On another well deserved endorsement!! More proof that Kyrillos, Handlin and O’Scanlon will be victorious on Tuesday, along with Shaun Golden, Tom Arnone and Serena DiMaso!

  8. Bill said at 8:08 pm on June 1st, 2013:

    Can the primary be move? I’m Loving this.

  9. @Bab's Rant said at 8:55 pm on June 1st, 2013:

    Damn it man, where’s the link; we want to see the salacious stuff 🙂

    Signed,

    Silence Dogood, Redux

  10. Shlomo said at 9:43 pm on June 1st, 2013:

    Baby-killer liberal RINO Joe Kyrillos is so desperate not to lose that he sends RINO collaborators masquerading as “pro-lifers” to trash and besmirch Tea Party candidates for having the gall to engage the democratic process in a primary challenge to their elitist rule. Everybody knows the NRA and RTL are RINO collaborators that represent their own interests. Larry Pratt’s Gun Owners Of America is the only legitimate pro-gun organization that represents the interests of all liberty-loving gun owners in the country today. Liberal RINO Joe Kyrillos uses and manipulates these groups to serve his own political interests. That’s why they issue these silly and misleading statements.

    The Republicans 4 Conservative Leadership and the Citizen Patriots of the Bayshore Tea Party may lose the primary battle but they will not lose the war. I will be writing in the Tea Party Approved and Constitutionally Certified candidate for Governor, Seth Grossman, in the general election, and I urge all Citizen Patriots in the 13th District and Monmouth County to write-in the names of all the R4CL candidates in November as well.

  11. Oh Shlomo said at 9:57 pm on June 1st, 2013:

    Get over yourself. Your candidates have already been proven liars.

    You are a silly little fool with this conspiracy theory collaborators crap.

    May lose the election? They have already lost, big time.

  12. @We Need said at 8:03 am on June 2nd, 2013:

    “They could have been so useful in educating the public on conservative values and principles – integrity, honesty, personal responsibility.”

    And that should have been their first step before they killed off all of their good will and political capital by attacking Republicans who were closer to their ideology than Democrats. The BSTPG is now dead in the water and sinking fast. But until someone has the cohones to scuttle it; and relieve Babs of her command; we are stuck with their narcissistic behavior and candidates who are unprepared and ill vetted.

    They never understood how educate incumbents and to groom candidates at lower levels such as municipal races and then Freeholder so that they would become known and be adept at raising money; all the while educating the public about conservative values. Their inability to raise funds is only a reflection of Bellew’s inability to raise money in 2006. The paper campaign signs put out this week were juvenile and embarrassing.

    They never learned to be pragmatic about issues such 2A and life values in that this is a blue state and that finances take priority. “Rome was not built in a day,” but BSTPG wanted to tear it down in 30 seconds with unprepared candidates.

    They never learned that you don’t risk a seat in a General Election that is Republican (and closer to your ideology) by attacking and trying to defeat those incumbent candidates, losing ALL good will and help in the general election from that same party.

    Instead, they have acted like a bunch of spoiled “I want it now kids”

    So,the BSTPG ran this slate in the pursuit of trying to stay relevant, just like they ran Badar Quarmont who was really a liberal.

    They are lead by a President who changed Presidential Candidates in 2012 like a person changes his clothes, every day.

    “Anyone willing to step up and create a Monmouth County Tea Party that does have integrity?”

    I am beyond handling big projects right now, but as I offered earlier I would love to consult and advise.

    How about you “We Need?” You sound like a level headed person.

    Jim Granelli