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Trouble for Adler Continues

October 14, 2010

Democrat John Adler was already facing the re-election battle of his life, but now he finds himself in the middle of legal investigations relating to his efforts to recruit a third-party candidate. The case has been forwarded to the U.S. Attorney and N.J. Attorney General for review.   At the same time the Runyan campaign released its next television commercial.  Here is the latest from Jon Runyan:

Here is what the media is saying about Adler’s recruiting problem….


Courier Post: DeStefano probe requests forwarded to U.S. Attorney, N.J. Attorney General: “The New Jersey Division of Elections has passed requests for an investigation into ‘NJ Tea Party’ candidate Peter DeStefano to U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman and state Attorney General Paula T. Dow letter dated Oct. 12 and obtained by the Courier-Post, Director Robert F. Giles writes the state Division of Elections ‘has received 17 e-mails requesting a formal investigation into the candidacy of Peter DeStefano in New Jersey’s 3rd Congressional District.’”

Star-Ledger: New Jersey Rep. John Adler campaign tactics should be investigated: “The evidence shows that Rep. John Adler — and-or his campaign workers — probably did something sleazy. The question is: Did they do something illegal? It’s time for the Federal Election Commission to dust tea party candidate Peter DeStefano for fingerprints and find out. For months, Republicans have charged that Adler’s campaign, in a tight 3rd District race with GOP’s John Runyan, conjured up DeStefano’s candidacy — talking the no-name into running, captaining his petitions and feeding him talking points.”

Wall Street Journal: N.J. GOP Seeks Probe of Rep. Adler: “New Jersey Republicans are asking the Federal Election Commission to investigate Democratic Rep. John Adler to determine whether he secretly backed a third-party candidate to siphon votes from his Republican challenger, ex-Philadelphia Eagles player Jon Runyan. The Cherry Hill Courier-Post quoted anonymous sources claiming that Adler supporters helped gather signatures to get self-declared tea party candidate Peter DeStefano on the ballot on the district, which is near Philadelphia. Adler has denied the allegation.”

Philadelphia Inquirer: Talk of alleged fake candidate holds attention in Third Congressional District:  “The tale of the supposed fake tea party candidate in New Jersey’s closest congressional race just won’t go away. At a meeting with The Inquirer editorial board Wednesday, Democratic Rep. John Adler again denied any role in recruiting a so-called sham candidate to siphon votes from Jon Runyan, his Republican opponent in the Third District.”

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