State Democrats Call for Balles to Resign Over Whelan Comments

He made the comments while speaking to the New Jersey Second Amendment Society earlier this month.

The State Democratic Committee is calling for Atlantic County Sheriff Frank X. Balles to resign after comments he made about Jim Whelan during an appearance before the New Jersey Second Amendment Society earlier this month.

During his appearance on Oct. 7, he told the group that if Jim Whelan, his opponent in the upcoming District 2 Senate race, approaches them, they should close the door on them. He then echoed the sentiment of a member of the group to "Go get your gun," according to talkinpointsmemo.com.

Balles, a Republican, is running against incumbent Democratic Sen. Jim Whelan, in the Nov. 5 elections.

"Encouraging violence toward any elected official is bad enough, but when it comes from the head of a law enforcement agency it's absolutely reprehensible," Justin Myers, Executive Director of the New Jersey Democratic State Committee, said in a prepared statement. “Balles’ remark is totally unacceptable. We have seen how this type of irresponsible language can lead to actual violence, as was the case in the brutal attack on Congresswoman Gabby Gifford of Arizona. Not only does Frank Balles not belong in the legislature, he has disgraced his uniform and the Atlantic County Sheriff's Department and should hand in his badge immediately.”

Balles was not available for comment Thursday evening.

Balles was giving a speech on his position concerning guns, according to the report.

Balles is running as a Republican in the Nov. 5 election. He is an Egg Harbor Township resident and an Absegami High School graduate. He's served as sheriff since 2009.

Whelan, the Democratic incumbent, has served since 2008, and was in the General Assembly prior to that. He's voted in favor of four pieces of legislation this year that strengthen regulations on gun control.

The YouTube video attached to this story was originally posted by Bold Departure, a user who has uploaded other appearances by candidates before the society.

VTPat October 17, 2013 at 09:18 PM
The first thing I thought reading this article was what on earth are they talking about, Balles is no gun rights guy. Why is he talking to this group? Harry is correct in what he says, balles is just another gun grabbing politico who will say anything to get elected.
keepgallowaysafe October 17, 2013 at 11:21 PM
Balles is a pompous, arrogant, over-condescending person. That says it all.
Richard Wilson October 18, 2013 at 07:13 AM
Red October 18, 2013 at 08:11 AM
Why is Balles speaking to a pro-gun group? Isn't he a cop who shouldn't want every yahoo on the planet running around with a gun? What he was doing was pandering to the gun lovers -- I suppose if he was talking to the parents of the kids murdered at Sandy Hook he'd pander to them by bemoaning the lack of better control of gun ownership. This guy has ZERO legislative experience. Obviously he thinks he's too good to have to bother with ever having run for mayor or councilman or even freeholder or assemblyman -- instead with NO experience he just decides to run for NJ senate. Sort of like the guy who shows up at the door of a corporation with zip knowledge of how to actual run a corporation and thinks he should be the president simply because he wants to be. The fact that he is such a neophyte and incapable of knowing that saying "yeah get your gun" in agreement with a jerk in the audience who would advocate using gun violence on an elected official immediately shows that he is unfit not only for NJ senate but also to hold the title of sheriff -- someone who isn't supposed to be advocating violence by citizens on citizens.
L.ofgalloway October 18, 2013 at 09:39 AM
Omg-- with all the mass shootings of past year. This type of language is uncalled for in modern society. We are no longer pioneers fighting wildlife, we are a country in need of serious gun control. These politicians like above incite terror in mostly white folks to get them to vote for them. So sad... And out of touch. The only terror people should be worrying about is how easy it is to get a gun or several by the mentally unstable. To which I'm sorry, but if you feel you really need to own a gun, and would have no qualms killing another human being, then perhaps you might have other issues entirely.


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