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.