Right before establishing a residence in South Carolina in early 2013, Stamper contacted folks about his to-be-announced campaign, calling himself a "Rand Paul/tea party constitutional conservative" - see his personal message (to one who blocked out names to maintain anonymity) below:
Maybe it was the crowded field of Republican opponents in the race that made Stamper want to make a last-minute switch to Democrat. And the goal changed from winning an election to interfering with it and other races, too, it seems.
Not long after that message in which he identified himself as Tea Party Republican, he announced his campaign as a Democratic candidate. A self-described liberal and progressive Democrat, too, which is the exact opposite of what he described himself to be just a few weeks earlier.
When he learned that SCDP was aware of his questionable background, he made claims that the state party was rejecting him because he was too liberal.
He even included Vincent Sheheen, a Democratic candidate in a different race, in his publicly-issued complaint.
Then came dummy Twitter accounts (GunSenseSC and ACAproud) that offer little but pro-Stamper statements.
And now he's back to attacking the state party again on even sillier claims. SCDP wants "to distance (itself) from President Obama," he recently posted.
In this case, Stamper is a fake Democrat in a race against an incumbent who has many challengers. While Sen. Lindsey Graham should win the primary, he's still alienated enough Republicans that they could vote for an opponent in the general election. Those alienated GOP voters would never vote for someone who calls himself liberal and progressive, though. So enter Jay Stamper.
He seems to seek goals for both possible results of the Democratic primary. If he wins it on June 10, Republican voters who are unhappy with Graham won't vote for this liberal option in November. And if he loses the Democratic primary (which I guarantee will happen), Stamper will try to dissuade actual liberal voters from participating in the general election, which will only benefit Republicans in other races.
And if any liberal voters fall for it, they'll only be doing exactly what the conservative pranksters behind this trick want them to do.
Also see: "Coming to a voting booth near you"