How pathetic is this?
New Jersey Representative John Adler’s campaign recruited a fake tea party candidate to hurt the GOP candidate in the race.
Fake Tea Party candidate Peter DeStefano was recruited by Dem Rep. John Adler.
The Courier Post Online reported:
Congressman John Adler’s campaign and the Camden County Democratic Committee recruited “”NJ Tea Party” candidate Peter DeStefano to confuse conservative voters and hurt Adler’s Republican challenger this fall, Democratic operatives say.
“The goal was to take 5 percent of (Republican Jon) Runyan’s vote,” said a Democrat with direct knowledge of the Adler campaign and CCDC operations.
“Steve Ayscue designed the plan with Geoff Mackler following his lead.”
Ayscue is a high-profile Democratic consultant who runs the CCDC. Mackler is Adler’s campaign manager.
Several South Jersey Democratic operatives with direct knowledge of the Adler campaign and CCDC operations spoke to the Courier-Post on condition of anonymity because of what they described as ethical qualms with Adler’s campaign.
NJTaxRevolution Blog has more on this imposter.
Here’s DeStefano’s Facebook page.
You can support Republican Jon Runyan here.
Related… This tweet this morning by the White House.