Running for office is never easy, especially when your name won’t even appear on the ballot.
Tea Party write-in candidate Lisa Esler is beginning to find that out it seems, as her campaign “reached a new level of desperation” when sending out a fake mailer meant to smear Paul Mullen, his campaign spokesman said.
Republican households in the 161st legislative district have been receiving fliers that laud Mullen’s work in helping Democrats get elected in PA. GOP candidate Mullen currently serves as the president of the Delaware County AFL-CIO, and picked up the support of the PA AFL-CIO – to his Democratic opponent’s dismay.
“Although listed as a ‘Republican’ on the ballot, Paul Mullen shares our Democratic values. As the head of the AFL-CIO, he’s worked tirelessly to elect Democrats including Senator Bob Casey, Governor Tom Wolf and our President, Barack Obama,” the mailer reads. “Now more than ever, we need representatives like Paul Mullen in Harrisburg to stop the Republican takeover of our state.”
The questionable campaign literature was distributed by Citizens Alliance of Pennsylvania, which is lining up behind Esler’s longshot campaign.
Mullen’s campaign spokesman Pete Peterson didn’t hold back, calling Esler “power hungry” and “frantic.”
“Lisa Esler and her supporters at Citizens Alliance of Pennsylvania are clearly getting desperate, resorting to attempts to trick and mislead Republicans with a bogus mailer that was designed to look as if it was intended for Democrats,” Peterson said. “This shows Esler’s campaign has failed to attract the support they were hoping. It’s a sign of their desperation, and it’s going to backfire on them when voters realize they were tricked.”