The faux candidate, backed by local Democrats, that include prominent Adler supporters and fundraisers was put up for the express purpose of siphoning votes away from Adler’s challenger, former Philadelphia Eagle Jon Runyan (R).
The Asbury Park Press reports the Tea Party candidate imposter, Peter DeStefano, collected names of dozens of Democrats on a petition, who are all highly unlikely to support a Tea Party candidate. The signatures include those from longtime Adler supporters and fundraisers. The Asbury Park Press criticized Adler for his “weak denial” in having any association with the scandal,
Adler campaign’s tactics may have backfired, The Democrats’ dirty tricks are expected to motivate conservative Republicans to mobilize against Adler's Democrat plant in greater force in Novembers mid term election.