It's not only election season; it's the season of political hijinks.
There have been numerous reports of states' Democratic Parties propping up fake tea party candidates in an effort to split the GOP vote. Now, according to a report from the Arizona Daily Star, the Arizona Democratic Party has actually been caught circulating fliers in the state's 8th Congressional District touting Libertarian Steve Stoltz as the "real conservative" in the race, a clear attempt to draw votes away from Republican and tea party-favorite Jesse Kelly.
Kelly is locked in a tight race to unseat Democratic incumbent Gabrielle Giffords on Tuesday. When asked why the Democratic Party was seemingly supporting the third party in the race, they gave a laughable response:
“It’s about letting voters know their choices, and when it comes to tea party ideals and knowing the Constitution, Jesse Kelly doesn’t hold a candle to Steve Stoltz. So we are simply letting voters know about their choices in this race,” said Jennifer Johnson, state Democratic Party spokeswoman.
Kelly’s campaign said he has not researched Stoltz’ positions, because Kelly is running against incumbent Democrat Gabrielle Giffords.
“It’s obvious that they can’t defend the record of Giffords, who has bankrupted this country and cut medicare and killed jobs,” said John Ellinwood, Kelly’s campaign spokesman. “We’re not surprised.”