Saturday, October 14, 2006

Usual St. Louis Election Night Weaselry Gearing Up

(Y'know, it was just last night I was saying to my eldest that I could almost assure her that come election night, St. Louis would be front and center for all manner of mischief and pre-planned monkeying of the works. I all too well remember the blantant fraud that ran amok there during the Presidential election. And the Talent/McCaskill race is getting ugly...or I should say the McCaskill camp is getting ugly.
So...when I read this I was amused...Yep, here we go! ACORN is, as usual, involved.)

Missouri Republicans allege illegal campaigning for McCaskill

The Missouri Republican Party has asked federal election regulators to investigate whether a group that registers voters illegally campaigned for Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Claire McCaskill.

The complaint sent to the Federal Elections Commission this week points to an online video testimony from former employees of the St. Louis branch of the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now - or ACORN.

The video, produced by Pubdef.net, an online political blog based in St. Louis, shows two ACORN workers protesting last week that they were never paid for signing up new voters. Two workers said in the video they were told by ACORN to solicit votes for McCaskill while registering voters.

McCaskill is facing Republican incumbent Sen. Jim Talent in the Nov. 7 election.

ACORN officials called the allegations completely false.

"This is not true that we are working for McCaskill. These charges come from a fired employee accused of theft and she appears to be angry," said ACORN national spokesman Kevin Whelan.

Josephine Perkins, the fired ACORN worker speaking in the video, had an unlisted telephone number.

The four-page complaint claims that it's illegal for ACORN to solicit votes because the nonprofit organization is not registered to do so.

McCaskill spokeswoman Adrianne Marsh said the campaign has never solicited help from ACORN.

"The McCaskill for Missouri campaign adheres to all FEC regulations and does not communicate with unauthorized organizations," Marsh said.

Missouri Republican Party Executive Director Jared Craighead called the alleged activity "egregiously unlawful."

"We will act promptly and aggressively to protect the honesty of the coming election," Craighead said in a statement.

ACORN also came under fire this week by St. Louis election officials who claimed workers turned in up to 1,500 potentially bogus voter registration cards, including ones for dead and underage people.

The national group has been criticized in the past for similar registration card problems in other states.

ACORN contends that the group does honest work in signing up thousands of U.S. voters and that sometimes, mistakes with voter cards are made in the process.

Talent spokesman Rich Chrismer called the party's allegations of illegal campaigning for McCaskill serious.

"We are hopeful the FEC investigates the matter fully, particularly as it relates to the McCaskill campaign and the potential political exploitation of a tax-exempt organization," Chrismer said.

Selisa Washington, who leads St. Louis ACORN, discredits the claims.

"ACORN members have worked hard to empower people in our communities through voter registration and to pass Proposition B to raise the minimum wage this November," Washington said. "We are not going to allow partisan attacks to interfere with our efforts to make our voices heard."


(I can only pray that all us country bumpkins come out in droves to counteract the inevitable fraudulent voting that will ensue in St. Louis and Kansas City.)

6 Comments:

Blogger Fish said...

Who's in charge here? For half a century I've watched these same cities around the country reporting all sorts of illegal election day frauds. It's almost always the same group yet I've never seen a serious attempt to clean up these places. Maybe the agencies getting millions to assure honest elections should just discard all votes from these cities a time or two. Maybe the cities would clean up their act.

10/14/2006 8:35 AM  
Blogger Gayle said...

Ditto what Fish said. I certainly can't add anything to that, other than this voter fraud crap is disgusting!

10/14/2006 10:54 AM  
Blogger white trash republican said...

Has there ever been, in recent history, a case of fraudulent voting that could be directly traced to the Republicans?
Seems to me it's always the Dems involved in some way.
I'm not asking this to be a smartypants, I really want to know.

10/14/2006 11:16 AM  
Blogger Lemuel Calhoon said...

Didn't St. Louis reopen the polls hours after they had closed to allow more Democrat votes to be cast a few years ago?

10/14/2006 3:46 PM  
Blogger white trash republican said...

Yes they did,Lem. That was in the last Presidential elections...y'know, the one WE STOLE?? ; )
If memory serves, I don't think they re-opened them, they insisted that they stay open longer than the legal 7 pm close time. But you might be right on that. All I know was that it was a shameful and all too typical stunt.
STL & K.C. are the only Dem outposts in this state...the rest of us hicks go about heads completely out of our behinds for the most part.

10/14/2006 3:58 PM  
Blogger white trash republican said...

Exactly, Fish!
WHO is in charge?
Y'know, just thinking about election nite here in Mo. makes me nauseous...the sheenanigans are soooo predictable and disgusting.
But...vote I will...you can't let the assh*les get the upperhand.

10/14/2006 4:09 PM  

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