Dems are caught putting up another fake Tea Party Candidate
On a balmy evening last May, about three dozen members of the South Jersey Young Democrats convened at the Camden County Democratic Committee Headquarters in Cherry Hill.
Freeholder Jeffrey Nash warned the assembled crowd of party volunteers and legislative aides that the sour economy would make the coming election season difficult for the Democratic majority.
He told the young activists they had to get out the vote for Democrats in the fall.
Then Steve Ayscue -- a paid CCDC consultant -- took the floor with a bearded, flame-haired man few had seen before. The latter was Geoff Mackler, dispatched from the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee to lead freshman Rep. John Adler's re-election campaign.
Ayscue and Mackler had a plan to ensure Adler's victory. They just needed volunteers.
Internal numbers-crunching showed the difference between Adler and his Republican opponent -- then undetermined -- would hover around 5 percent. To give Adler an edge, Ayscue had recruited a then-unidentified man to run as a third-party candidate.
That candidate would act as a conservative spoiler to confuse voters and pull votes from Adler's eventual Republican challenger. But first he had to get on the ballot. With the filing deadline just weeks away, CCDC needed volunteers to hit the streets and collect signatures -- fast. . . .
Now candidate Jon Runyan has issued a statement on the false Tea Party candidate in his race.
A fake Tea Party Candidate in Nevada might hold the margin between Angle and Reid. See also this.
There is another example in Florida:
GOP congressional candidate Bruce O’Donoghue is intensifying his campaign to brand the Florida Tea Party as a front group for Rep. Alan Grayson (D-Fla.)
In an interview with POLITICO Thursday, O’Donoghue called the Florida Tea Party a “sham,” alleging that the organization was coordinating with Grayson and fielding a third party candidate, conservative activist Peg Dunmire, in an effort to split the Republican vote in the November general election.
“The issue at hand is there seems to be a real connection with Alan Grayson,” said O’Donoghue. “There’s something going on.”
O’Donoghue echoed his comments at an Orlando news conference earlier in the day, where he appeared with local tea party activists Diana Evans, Lisa Ferloi, Ron McCoy, and Linda O'Keefe to decry the Florida Tea Party’s presence in the race.
O’Donoghue’s charges come three days after the Orlando Sentinel published a report detailing alleged ties between the Florida Tea Party and Grayson. The story noted that Doug Guetzloe, a Florida Tea Party co-founder and Orlando political consultant and radio talk show host, had at one point been appointed by Grayson to serve on an advisory panel and that Guetzloe’s son had once interned for Grayson. . . .