Byron Tau reports at Hotline OnCall:
Earlier in the week, SEN hopeful Mel Packer (Green) and GOV hopeful John Krupa running on the Tea Party ticket both ended their candidacies. In additon to the ballot challenge, Krupa's candidacy was marred by allegations that he was a Dem planted as a Tea Party candidate to draw votes away from GOP nominee Tom Corbett.
Krupa qualified for the gubernatorial ballot by gathering signatures with the help of union officials allied with Democratic Allegheny County Executive Dan Onorato, as reported by the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. But a collection of Tea Party activists, in a move supported by the Pennsylvania GOP, challenged his candidacy and Krupa was tossed from the ballot by the the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court.
So when Tea Party activists talk about a co-opting of their movement, stories like these mean their claims are at least sometimes on the mark.
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