Yesterday, Tom Symanski got everyone up to speed on just how low the Adler campaign has decided to go this cycle. It turns out Tom spoke just a bit too soon as the term “low” has just officially been redefined.
Thanks to some great investigative reporting by Jane Roh of the Courier Post, we now can confirm what everyone already assumed anyway. The Camden County Democrat Machine and two of its cogs, Steve Ayscue and Geoff Mackler, are solely responsible for recruiting and supporting Peter DeStefano, a fake Tea Party candidate that the Tea Party groups had never even heard of until the Adler campaign released his name from an internal poll.
DeStefano was put in place, according to the teaser article on the Courier Post’s website, by Democrat operatives in order to pull at least 5% of the vote from Jon Runyan. This would be enough to spoil Runyan’s chances as polls indicate that the race is particularly close and is among the hardest to call in the nation.
The plan was apparently announced at a Camden County Democrat Committee meeting that took place on May 26. Roh’s sources, who understandably are remaining anonymous, were presumably present at this meeting and familiar with the plan. Some were even admittedly uneasy about the idea at all. When people work for a campaign they often want to win, but they also believe in the candidate. By recruiting DeStefano, a low life-form that we shall now only know as a democrat tool, the CCDC establishment showed that they don’t even believe in John Adler running on his record. Now it seems, because of their foolish idea, Adler wont be picking up any votes based on his honesty either.
This could be the story that breaks the Adler campaign, Save Jerseyans, even if it doesnt happen right away. There is a good chance that most voters in CD-3 had not even heard of DeStefano at this point in the race, but that will all change tomorrow. The only problem for the democrats is that people will only know him as a plant, and they will see how low Adler is willing to go. When your own volunteers are ratting you out, its clear that whatever they are saying only scratches the surface of the ethical quagmire that is the Adler campaign. To top it all off, there is a debate coming up between Runyan and Adler, and you can bet Runyan will make an issue of this. To draw contrast to another hotly contested race, Peter DeStefano could be seen as John Adler’s very own Nicky Diaz.
The rest of the article will be in today’s Courier Post, and you can bet that Save Jersey will keep you updated on the story. Hats off to Jane Roh for uncovering an ethical dilemma that shows the CCDC and John Adler for what we already knew they were: corrupt, slimy, and unfit to represent the people of South Jersey.