Desperate enough to pretend a Tea Party candidate is a Democrat in disguise? YES:
National Republican Congressional Committee Chairman Pete Sessions said in a statement that Corwin had to battle “two well-funded Democrats, including one masquerading under the Tea Party name.” The Tea Party is a conservative activist movement.
Jack Davis, the guy in question, did previously run as a Democrat. During his most recent attempt to run for office, he ran as a Republican. Rumors he’s a “fake Tea Party” candidate arose out of a split within the Tea Party organizations of New York, partially over whether to support mainstream Republicans or field their own candidates.
This sort of strategy appears pretty toothless right out of the gate, but one wonders if it would even be allowed out of the attic in a national race. The split between mainstream Republicans and the Tea Party is deepening, and the likelihood of third party candidates is only going to increase going forward.
Filed under: Analysis, Observations | Tagged: Desperation, Elections, Jack Davis, Jane Corwin, Kathy Hochul, National Republican Congressional Committee, New York, Pete Sessions, Politics, Republicans, Tea Party |