|Peter DeStefano shows off bonafides|
A New Jersey Republican congressional candidate criticized his Democratic opponent Friday amid mounting evidence that Democratic officials planted a 'tea party' candidate in the race to siphon off conservative votes.Republicans started raising suspicions over DeStefano a few months ago when they found out that many of the signatures on DeStefano's nominating petitions were from Democrats, including the name of a former Adler campaign staff member. Later, a county Democratic employee showed up running the Web elements of DeStefano’s campaign. For their part, Tea Party organizations have denounced DeStefano since he first entered the race in June. Friday they called on him to quit the race.
"My opponent, John Adler, represents everything that is wrong with politics in our country today," Republican Jon Runyan said. "I would ask for an apology. But frankly, an apology from someone like Congressman Adler would be so meaningless that it’s not worth seeking."
He spoke at a news conference as Adler, a first-term Democratic lawmaker, and his campaign remained mum about a report in the Courier-Post of Cherry Hill in which Democratic operatives speaking on the condition of anonymity confirmed what Republicans have believed for months: That tea-party candidate Peter DeStefano was put on the ballot by Democrats.
DeStefano told reporters he would remain in the race, but he would not answer specific questions about the newspaper’s report, dismissing the allegations as "hearsay."Dismissing them as hearsay?! That's not denying them at all. It's alluding to the unproven nature of the allegation, and nothing more.
"I’m an average guy who’s running for Congress on the independent ticket," DeStefano said.What?! With an awful lot of Democrat friends who deride the Tea Party's ideas, some of whom are hooked up in the DNC. Yup, just an average guy.
One tea party group, the West Jersey Tea Party, said it plans to file a voter-fraud lawsuit against Adler next week…Yeah, they should. These Democrats and their willingness to subvert the electoral process that the nation is based on...