PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – The Republican candidates for Montgomery County Commissioner say a Democratic campaign ad portraying Jenny Brown as the only candidate in the race to meet with the Tea Party is misleading.

Appearing on Larry Kane’s Voice of Reason during the first and only televised debate of the campaign, Republican Bruce Castor revealed that Democrat Josh Shapiro met with the Tea Party last October. Shapiro confirmed it but said at the time he wasn’t running for Commissioner.

(Shapiro:) “They invited me as their state representative to talk about legislative issues in Harrisburg. I went there and told them what I disagreed with – Jenny Brown went to the Tea Party and she said she shared their partisan principles.”

(Brown:) “That’s not true. That’s not true. The issue is not so much what was said as it is the claim that I’m the only candidate to have met with the Tea Party and clearly I’m not.”

There were also heated exchanges over taxes and borrowing. The debate airs Sunday night at 9 p.m. and Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. on The Comcast Network.

Reported By Brad Segall, KYW Newsradio