I guess you can file this story in the “closest resemblance to a Sopranos plotline” category. A clueless concerned citizen decided to run for Congress as a Republican in Texas, and was rewarded with a full fledged shakedown from party officials. Naturally, when he spoke to the media about it, the extortionists denied their name dropping and threats only to be completely burned with the candidate, Mike Murphy, busted out the tapes of their convesations. Texas Republicans are totally nuts.