Democratic Politics Jersey style. The only way they can win is to cheat.
JANE ROH • Courier-Post • October 26, 2010
The New Jersey Republican State Committee has formally requested a criminal investigation into the 3rd congressional district contest.
In a letter sent to U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman and Attorney General Paula Dow on Monday, state GOP Chairman Jay Webber asks for a probe into "whether any crimes were committed in connection with the efforts of certain individuals and organizations to have Peter DeStefano become a candidate for the United States House of Representatives for the 3rd Congressional District of New Jersey."
Rep. John Adler, a freshman Democrat, has denied knowing about a plan to recruit a third-party spoiler in the race. But signatures from donors and allies appear on the ballot, including the signature of Adler's former communications aide.
Earlier this month, Democrats involved with the Adler campaign and the Camden County Democratic Committee said Adler consultant Steve Ayscue devised a plan to get DeStefano on the ballot with the help of campaign manager Geoff Mackler. More than 200 signatures were collected to get DeStefano, previously unknown to any Tea party groups, on the ballot.
DeStefano has a documented history of financial problems, including losing his home to foreclosure and declaring bankruptcy. Around the time DeStefano"s ballots were filed with the state Division of Elections, his son Pete boasted of being politically connected and in for a payday on his public Facebook page.
"One step closer to becoming a self made millionaire," DeStefano wrote on June 8, the day the petitions were filed.
June 9: "Pops is on the ballot! Busines (sic) plan in the works, things are all good!"
June 22: "First rule of politics, its (sic) not what you know but who you know and who you can impress ;-)."
Asked about the Facebook postings during an Oct. 15 press conference, Adler again denied knowledge of the DeStefano effort and insisted his staff was not involved. Later that day, Pete DeStefano"s Facebook page was taken offline.
"There"s certainly smoke here and we suspect there"s fire," said Webber, reached by phone on Monday evening. "The appropriate thing to do in this instance was to ask the proper authorities to look into it."
Its a good thing that this congressman got into bed with an idiot who decided to post on his Facebook page how his father got on the ballot otherwise people wouldn't even know about the lengths the Democrats will go to win.