The Bob Healey for Congress campaign released the following statement today in response to Ian Smith’s entry into the NJ-3 congressional race:
“Republicans have a historic opportunity to stop Joe Biden’s and Nancy Pelosi’s radical agenda and win back control of the House this November, but that won’t happen if we nominate unfit and unelectable candidates like Ian Smith,” said Healey Campaign Manager Theresa Velardi.
“The people of Burlington, Monmouth and Mercer Counties will never elect someone who was convicted of killing an innocent teenager while driving drunk and in possession of marijuana and hypodermic needles. Nor are they going to elect someone who openly embraces fringe conspiracy theories about the 9/11 terrorist attacks being perpetrated by our own government,” added Velardi, who was six-years old when her own father was killed in the attacks.
“I served alongside real American heroes who sacrificed everything to avenge the 9/11 terrorist attacks
on our country,” said former State Assemblyman and Navy SEAL Commander Ryan Peters. “So, when I see Twitter tough guys like Ian Smith attack the character of fellow SEALs and Purple Heart recipients like Dan Crenshaw, while spewing anti-American garbage like 9/11 conspiracy theories, I can’t stay silent.
“Smith’s unpatriotic and unhinged conspiracy theories seem to know no bounds. He has gone as far as to attack President Trump over Operation Warp Speed. In a now deleted tweet, Smith wrote ‘FDT’ after Trump touted the success of Operation Warp Speed – short for F*ck Donald Trump.”
Giancarlo Ghione, of legal counsel to Smith, offered the following statement: