Jack Davis in NY-26 is described as a “Tea Party” candidate. I have called that a false flag.
Here’s a good explanation of how Jack did it:
After three straight losses as a Democrat, Davis courted the right — though he’s provided no roadmap to explain his shift.
After failing to win the endorsement of either the Republican Party or the Conservative Party in this special election, Davis started a ‘Tea Party’ line.
Tea party activists were miffed; Davis never talked to them or asked for their support. He just got to the Board of Elections before they did. In New York, anyone who files 3,500 signatures to get their name on the ballot can create their own party line. (In New York, candidates can run on a variety of “lines”, allowing for multiple candidates on the ballot in a general election.)