Dwayne Horner of Little Elm, Texas was indicted by a Monmouth County Grand Jury yesterday. Horner was the campaign manager for Leigh-Ann Bellew of Union Beach in the 2013 Republican Primary challenge to State Senator Joe Kyrillos.
A copy of the indictment can be found here.
At 4am on June 4, 2013, Republican voters in the 13th legislative district of New Jersey were awakened by a robo call purporting to be from the campaign of Kyrillos and his running mates, Assembly Members Amy Handlin and Declan O’Scanlon. The caller, allegedly Horner, said they were reminding voters that they still had four hours to get to the polls, as if the call was being make at 4pm.
A recording of the call can be heard here. Horner’s voice can be heard on the voice mail greeting of the Bellew campaign here.
The indictment charges that Horner impersonated another person or organization for the purpose of obtaining a benefit for himself or another or for the purpose of injuring or defrauding another. The fourth degree crime has a potential sentence of 18 months in state prison and/or a $10,000 fine.
MMM could not find a current phone number for Horner. Bellew could not be reached for comment.
O’Scanlon said,“I’m glad to see that this matter was taken seriously and did not slip through the cracks. Those who would play these types of desperate games during campaigns need to know that there are consequences and they will be mete. It is hard enough to get eligible candidates interested in running without the threat of these juvenile type pranks. This indictment will hopefully be a message to anyone who would attempt it in the future – grow up.”
Kyrillos declined to comment.
UPDATED BELOW THE FOLD
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Posted: August 12th, 2014 | Author: Art Gallagher | Filed under: 13th Legislative District, 2013 Election, Crime, Crime and Punishment, Joe Kyrillos, LD 13, Leigh-Ann Bellew, Monmouth County | Tags: 13th legislative district, 4am robocall, Assemblyman Declan O'Scanlon, Assemblywoman Amy Handlin, Barbara Gonzalez, Bayshore Tea Party Group, Dwayne Horner, Identity Theft, Joe Kyrillos, LD 13, Leigh-Ann Bellew, Monmouth County Prosecutor | 3 Comments »
UPDATE: DWAYNE HORNER, LEIGH-ANN BELLEW’S CAMPAIGN MANAGER IS NAMED IN THE INDICTMENT
MMM has learned that at least one individual was indicted by a Monmouth County Grand Jury today in the investigation into the 4am robocall that occurred on the morning of the 2013 Republican Primary in the 13th legislative district on June 4, 2013. The 13th, represented by Senator Joe Kyrillos and Assembly Members Amy Handlin and Declan O’Scanlon, is compromised of Middletown, Marlboro, the Bayshore and the Two Rivers area of Monmouth County.
The call, a recording of which can be heard here, was purported to be on behalf of the incumbents Kyrillos, Handlin and O’Scanlon. The caller said that he was reminding voters that they had four hours to get to the polls, as if the call was made at 4pm instead of 4am. The callers voice sounds very much like the recorded voice of the person on the Leigh-Ann Bellew for Senate’s voice mail greeting. That recording can be heard here. Bellew was Kyrillos’s opponent in the primary.
MMM was told that fourth degree identity theft was the charged the grand jury delivered. Fourth degree identity theft is punishable by up to 18 months in prison and/or a $10,000 fine.
Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office spokesman Charles Webster said he had not yet received a copy of the indictment and that he would provide it promptly upon receiving it from the prosecutor.
Posted: August 11th, 2014 | Author: Art Gallagher | Filed under: 13th Legislative District, Crime, Crime and Punishment, Joe Kyrillos, LD 13, Leigh-Ann Bellew, Monmouth County | Tags: 13th legislative district, 2013 Republican Primary, 4am robocall, Grand Jury, Joe Kyrillos, Leigh-Ann Bellew, Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office | 22 Comments »
Despite waking up thousands of Monmouth County voters at 4am on primary day, the Bayshore Tea Party Group and the Bellew Brigade have apparently not lost any sleep over their crushing defeat last week. The architects of the 20%-80% defeat in the Monmouth County and LD 13 GOP primaries have endorsed Dr. Alieta Eck in the Special U.S. Senate Primay and are angling to run that campaign.
Congratulations Steve Lonegan!
Neither BTPG nor Leigh-Ann Bellew’s campaign have admitted to commissioning the 4am robocall on June 4 that announced it was being made on behalf of Senator Joe Kyrillos , Assembly Members Amy Handlin and Declan O’Scanlon and faked the caller ID to a number belonging to the Monmouth County Republican Organization. They are exercising their right to remain silent to the extent that they have yet to congratulate their opponents.
MMM first reported the call (click here to listen) and that it appears to have been recorded by the same person who recorded Bellew’s voice mail greeting. (Click here to listen to Bellew’s voice mail greeting.)
Kyrillos and O’Scanlon publicly accused the Bellew campaign of making the call. Monmouth County GOP Chairman John Bennett lodged a complaint with the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office. Bennett said yesterday that he will not let up on pursuing prosecution of the dirty trick.
Bayshore Tea Party Group co-founder Barbara Gonzalez complained about this website on facebook, saying she was going to report its owner to the FBI because he finds out, and acts on, what she is writing about on the social media site without the help of the NSA or the Obama Administration.
Charles Webster, spokesperson for the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office, confirmed that there is an active investigation into the 4am robocall.
Webster was not at liberty to discuss the investigation, so MMM’s investigative team got to work to find more evidence of the call’s origin.
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Posted: June 13th, 2013 | Author: Art Gallagher | Filed under: 13th Legislative District, 2013 Election, Barbara Gonzalez, Bayshore Tea Party Group, LD 13, Leigh-Ann Bellew, Monmouth GOP, Primary Election, Senate Special Election | Tags: 4 am robocall, Amy Handlin, Barbara Gonzalez, Bayshore Tea Party Group, BTPG, Declan O'Scanlon, Dwayne Horner, FBI, Joe Kyrillos, Kevin Collins, Leigh-Ann Bellew, NSA, Obama Administration, Wake up call | 18 Comments »
Sen. Joe Kyrillos and Mayor Fred Rast greeting voters in Atlantic Highlands. photo by Art Gallagher
In a get out the vote email to his supporters this afternoon, State Senator Joe Kyrillos said that he and his wife were awakened at 4am this morning by the dirty trick robo call, and that his primary opponents are responsible for the call.
I also want to address the 4 a.m. robo-call many are talking about. Susan and I were awoken by it as well, and I can assure you it’s not how we wanted to start our day either. The fact is it was a dirty trick by our opponents who wanted to make it look like it came from our campaign. The matter is being covered by several news outlets and the incident is being investigated by the prosecutor’s office. It is a shame politics has come to this.
No one from the Bellew for State Senate campaign or the Bayshore Tea Party Group have responded to multiple requests for comment on the robo call.
They have the right to remain silent.
Posted: June 4th, 2013 | Author: Art Gallagher | Filed under: 13th Legislative District, Bayshore Tea Party Group, Joe Kyrillos, LD 13, Leigh-Ann Bellew | Tags: Dirty Trick, Joe Kyrillos, Leigh-Ann Bellew, Robo Calls, Wake up call | 13 Comments »
MMM has obtained a copy the 4am robo call that fraudulently announced it was made on behalf on Joe Kyrillos, Amy Handlin and Declan O’Scanlon and reminding the listener that they had “another four hours to vote.
The call had no paid for disclosure, as calls from the Monmouth GOP, whose number was used on the caller ID, would have.
Listen to the call yourself by clicking here.
We called the Bellew for Senate campaign for comment. No one answered. This is a copy of the recorded message that answers the Bellew for State Senate phone. Click here to listen to the Bellew for Senate recorded phone greeting.
Posted: June 4th, 2013 | Author: Art Gallagher | Filed under: 13th Legislative District, 2013 Election, Leigh-Ann Bellew | Tags: Amy Handlin, Declan O'Scanlon, Dirty Trick, Joe Kyrillos, Leigh-Ann Bellew, Monmouth GOP, Wake up call | 36 Comments »
Pro-Life Advocate Endorses O’Scanlon In LD13 Primary
Marie 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:
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Posted: June 1st, 2013 | Author: Art Gallagher | 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: Amy Handlin, Barbara Gonzalez, Bayshore Tea Party Group, Declan O'Scanlon, Joe Kyrillos, Leigh-Ann Bellew, Marie Tasy, NJ Right to Life | 12 Comments »
By Art Gallagher
Yesterday I was interviewed by The Star Ledger and went on the record saying that I would be voting for Joe Kyrillos for State Senate in the 13th Legislative District Republican primary on June 4th. Consistent with my slogan of being fair and biased, it is appropriate that I tell you, my readers and the reason my opinion matters to The Star Ledger, that MMM is now part of the story and that I have made a decision that can’t help but color my coverage of the rest of the campaign.
MMM is part of the LD 13 story, instead of just covering the story, because we’ve provided the bulk of the media coverage of the primary campaign to date and because Kyrillos’ challenger, Leigh-Ann Bellew, attacked this site in a press release, according to The Star Ledger.
On many important issues, Life and The Right to Bear Arms in particular, I am in more philosophical agreement with Bellew than I am with Kyrillos. Despite my philosophical differences with Kyrillos, the choice between him and Bellew has become a very easy one. Kyrillos is a very good State Senator. Bellew is a deeply flawed candidate. She never should have exposed herself, her family, and friends who care about her deeply to the rigors and vetting of this campaign.
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Posted: May 24th, 2013 | Author: Art Gallagher | Filed under: 13th Legislative District, Amy Handlin, Art Gallagher, Declan O'Scanlon, Joe Kyrillos, Leigh-Ann Bellew, Monmouth GOP, Primary Election | Tags: 13th legilslative district, Amy Handlin, Art Gallagher, Declan O'Scanlon, Fair and Biased, Joe Kyillos, LD 13, Leigh-Ann Bellew, The Star Ledger | 65 Comments »
The Bellew for State Senate campaign issued a press release this morning wherein they refer to MoreMonmouthMusings and its commenters as “a sympathetic band of faux journalists who could appear on campaign reports for in-kind contributions as paid communication staff.”
The Kyrillos campaign issued a childish response to a serious issue regarding the hypocrisy of Joe Kyrillos, Declan O’Scanlon, and Amy Handlin using a taxpayer funded website to praise a group in the face that they have been stabbing in the back politically. Calling the Tea Party silly and outrageous, the Kyrillos continues to demonstrate a distain for citizen patriots fighting to make New Jersey and America stronger. He knows that the voters are not warming up to him as they learn about his liberal voting record. So instead of engaging them at a candidate event, he and his campaign have turned to a sympathetic band of faux journalists who could appear on campaign reports for in-kind contributions as paid communication staff.
MMM is the only media outlet that carried the Kyrillos campaign’s statement calling Bellew “silly and foolish” over her press release attacking Kyrillos, O’Scanlon and Handlin for their release condemning the IRS and the Obama Administration for their illegal targeting of Conservative and Tea Party groups.
What a difference seven weeks makes.
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Posted: May 22nd, 2013 | Author: Art Gallagher | Filed under: 13th Legislative District, 2013 Election, Art Gallagher, Barbara Gonzalez, Leigh-Ann Bellew | Tags: Art Gallagher, Barbara Gonzalez, Leigh-Ann Bellew, MoreMonmouthMusings | 6 Comments »
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.
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Posted: May 22nd, 2013 | Author: 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 »
State Senator Joe Kyrillos’ campaign responded to Leigh-Ann Bellew’s recent press release denouncing Kyrillos’ condemnation of the IRS’s targeting conservative groups as hypocritical, by calling the release, and his challenger, silly and foolish.
The Senator’s spokesman, Niles Barnhart, issued the following statement to MMM:
It is a silly press release from a silly candidate who told people she was a lawyer, yet never went to law school, and tells people she is a conservative, yet court records show she took out 20 credit cards running up nearly $140,000 in debt and then filed for bankruptcy.
Senator Kyrillos believes the IRS abuse is outrageous. He is preparing a resolution in the Legislature that urges the appointment of an independent counsel to get to the bottom of this unfair attack on Tea Party and conservative organizations.
Barnhart said that Kyrillos would not be responding “every time Bellew issues a foolish press release.
MMM did not call Bellew or her campaign for a response, because they haven’t returned our last 11 phone calls.
Posted: May 21st, 2013 | Author: Art Gallagher | Filed under: 13th Legislative District, 2013 Election, Joe Kyrillos, Leigh-Ann Bellew, Primary Election | Tags: Joe Kyrillos, Leigh-Ann Bellew, Niles Barnhart | 14 Comments »