You know how the Tea Partiers keep insisting they’re not Republicans, they’re against both major parties? Uh huh:
Pia Varma, the Republican challenger to U.S. Rep. Bob Brady who dubbed herself the “Liberty Belle,” has been temporarily silenced, and she’s blaming her fellow party members.
Yesterday, Commonwealth Court Judge Johnny J. Butler ordered Varma removed as a candidate from the May primary ballot in the First Congressional District because she failed to submit at least 1,000 valid signatures of registered voters on nominating petitions for her campaign.
Varma, 27, pointed the finger at Republican City Committee Chairman Vito Canuso and General Counsel Michael Meehan for the problem. She said she relied on them to gather legitimate signatures.
“The Republican Party in the city of Philadelphia is either incompetent, or they’re corrupt,” she said.
[…] Varma has campaigned on Tea Party precepts. She has done some writing for conservative pundit Glenn Beck. On her Web site, she describes herself as a “firm defender of laissez-faire capitalism, the economic system which best allows man to create, trade and prosper.”
The part that I think is funny is that she was naive enough to believe the Republicans were going to circulate her petitions for her. Boy, she really doesn’t know how this game is played.