Conservative Delaware Coalition: Coons Aide Should Resign or Be Fired over NJ Fake Tea Party Candidate
For Immediate Release
Common Sense Communities Soceity
Conservative Delaware Coalition Calls on Coons to Fire Aid for Planting Fake Tea Party CandidateDemands that Spevak and others in the Coons campaign Come Clean on Role
NEWARK, DE -Oct. 11, 2010- The Independence Hall Tea Party PAC, along with the Diamond State Tea Party, and Common Sense Community Societies, is planning a 4 PM press conference outside the New Castle campaign office of US Senate Candidate Chris Coons, to demand that Mr. Coons fire press aid, Marshall Spevak, for Mr. Spevak's role in planting a fake Tea Party candidate in the New Jersey 3rd Congressional District race in order to confuse voters and siphon votes away from Tea Party endorsed candidate, John Runyan.
On Friday, Jane Roh of the Courier Post linked the Campaign of NJ Congressman John Adler (D-3), and specifically Democrat operative, Marshall Spevak, to the fraudulent Tea Party candidacy of Peter DeStefano.
Mr. DeStefano's name is scheduled to appear on the general election ballot under the banner "NJ
It is not exactly clear when the Coons campaign hired Mr. Spevak. Mr. Coons campaign also hired two other Democrat operatives linked to the Adler campaign.
"Trouble is, while Mr. DeStefano has no ties to the Tea Party Movement, he does have strong ties to the Democrat Party, Marshall Spevak, and John Adler," said PAC New Jersey Vice President, Bill Green. "This was an obvious ploy to confuse Tea Party voters and take votes away from Jon Runyan."
Mr. Runyan was endorsed by the Independence Hall Tea Party PAC in May, 2010, before the June 8 NJ primary.
Mr. Spevak not only circulated petitions on DeStefano's behalf, he misled Democrat signers of the petition, including Alice Max of Cherry Hill, by not telling them that they were signing for someone who was claiming to represent the Tea Party Movement. Mr. Spevak signed the petition, himself. Both actions appear to be in violation of NJ law.
NJ law stipulates that registered voters be told that their signature is a "...pledge to support and vote for the person named as a candidate..."
"That Marshall Spevak would go to such lengths to try to confuse voters in an attempt to win an election is downright cynical and insulting," said PAC President, Don Adams.
"We are demanding that Mr. Spevak either resign his position with the Coons campaign or be fired for his role in this scandal and that the two other Coons employees linked to the Adler campaign come clean on their roles, if any, in the hoax," said Jason O'Neill, Executive Director of Common Sense Communites.
Today's Press Conference will be held at 4PM outside the Democrat campaign office, 19 East Commons Blvd., New Castle, Delaware.
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