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  Democrats: Adler campaign backed Tea Party candidate
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ContributorBarack O-blame-a 
Last EditedBarack O-blame-a  Oct 08, 2010 09:39am
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MediaNewspaper - Courier-Post, The (NJ)
News DateFriday, October 8, 2010 03:00:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionCongressman John Adler's campaign and the Camden County Democratic Committee recruited ""NJ Tea Party'' candidate Peter DeStefano to confuse conservative voters and hurt Adler's Republican challenger this fall, Democratic operatives say.

"The goal was to take 5 percent of (Republican Jon) Runyan's vote,'' said a Democrat with direct knowledge of the Adler campaign and CCDC operations.

"Steve Ayscue designed the plan with Geoff Mackler following his lead.''

Ayscue is a high-profile Democratic consultant who runs the CCDC. Mackler is Adler's campaign manager.

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