Thursday, October 4, 2012

Gary Johnson Campaign Accuses Pennsylvania Republicans Of "Watergate-Style Dirty Tricks"

Gary Johnson Campaign Accuses Pennsylvania Republicans Of "Watergate-Style Dirty Tricks":

October 4, 2012 - "Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson's campaign is accusing the Pennsylvania Republican Party of illegally [trying to keep] him off the state's ballot.

"Specifically, the Johnson campaign alleges that the party hired a private investigator to pose as a FBI officer and visit people who had gathered signatures for them, offering them $2,000 in exchange for saying in court that the petitions they had gathered were falsified.

"The Johnson campaign's general counsel Alicia Dearn ... names a few witnesses who she says were notaries paid off by the state party to falsely confess that the petitions weren't real. All in all, the Republican party ended up contesting 40,000 of the Johnson campaign's claimed 50,000 signatures.

"A spokeswoman for the district attorney's office didn't respond to a request for comment about whether or not they had opened an investigation.

"'The claims are baseless,' said Pennsylvania Republican Party spokeswoman Valerie Caras in an email.... 'This is simply a distraction from their own questionable activities.'"

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