Early Morning Robo Calls Not From Us Says Monmouth County Republicans
Recipients of an early morning robo-call are being told the Monmouth County Republicans had nothing to do with it.
Assemblyman Declan O’Scanlon says registered Republicans in the thirteenth legislative district were called around four in the morning with a message seemingly endorsing him, Assemblywoman Amy Handlin, and Senator Joe Kyrillos in Tuesday’s primary race; but O’Scanlon believes his opponents were behind the call.
“It was done to antagonize people and it was pretty effective…It was not even a mistaken call by us it was a purposeful call by our opponents to make people mad at us.” says O’Scanlon.
The message which said “Hi, we are calling on behalf of Joe Kyrillos, Declan O’Scanlon and Amy Handlin to remind you you can still vote until 8 p.m., another four hours,” the call urged. “Remember to get out and vote. Thank you.”
O’Scanlon says they don’t have hard proof the call was placed by opponents of the Republicans for Conservative Leadership, who have Leigh Anne Bellows running for Senator Kyrillos’ seat, Stephen Boracchia and Edna Walsh running for assembly seats, and Daniel Peters running for Sheriff.
The 13th district assemblyman believes it wasn’t an accident by his opponents.
“The return number that shows up on caller ID’s they mimicked the Monmouth County Republican Headquarters number, yet the call just talked about the legislative candidates.”
O’Scanlon notes the Monmouth County Republicans have reported the incident to the Prosecutor’s Office.
“This is very serious infraction to do something like this. The last time it happened it was a forty two thousand dollar fine.” says O’Scanlon.
Numerous calls to members of the Republicans for Conservative Leadership were not returned.