Middletown Committeeman and Democratic Candidate for Freeholder Sean Byrnes characterised most of those who attended Congressman Frank Pallone's Red Bank Town Hall meetings as insincere haters.
Byrnes told the Two River Times:
"I was impressed with the number of people that turned out," Byrnes said. "I'm a supporter of people getting involved in government, and I've tried to do everything I can to encourage people to get involved. But what I see is a lot of almost hatred. Feelings are so visceral and strong it makes me suspicious that it's all about health care."
"A significant portion of people have very strong issues against the president, and the issue of health care has become a platform to attack President Obama," continued Byrnes.
"There are people that have legitimate concerns on both sides, and I respect that. The intensity of some of these people suggests to me this may be as much an anti-Obama rally as it is an open public meeting on health care. You can't have an open public meeting when whenever someone voices their opinion, they get shouted down."