Top aide to House Dem resigns in ballot-fraud scandal

posted at 7:01 pm on June 1, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

Democrats like to claim that concern over ballot fraud is just paranoid conspiracy-theory rubbish.  It might be a little more difficult to make that case after Miami-Dade investigators busted a ring of Democrats for attempting to push hundreds of fraudulent absentee-ballot requests in the 2012 election  — a ring that reached the inner circle of at least one Democratic Congressman, and perhaps two:

Congressman Joe Garcia’s chief of staff abruptly resigned Friday after being implicated in a sophisticated scheme to manipulate last year’s primary elections by submitting hundreds of fraudulent absentee-ballot requests.

Friday afternoon, Garcia said he had asked Jeffrey Garcia, no relation, for his resignation after the chief of staff — also the congressman’s top political strategist — took responsibility for the plot. Hours earlier, law enforcement investigators raided the homes of another of Joe Garcia’s employees and a former campaign aide in connection with an ongoing criminal investigation into the matter.

Garcia didn’t just work to defeat Rivera, who had ethics issues that made his re-election dicey at best.  He also worked to defeat Allen West, who lost by less than 2,000 votes and who complained about voter fraud at the time:

Jeffrey Garcia, 40, declined to comment. He also worked last year on the campaign of Democrat Patrick Murphy of Jupiter, who unseated tea-party Republican congressman Allen West. Murphy has not been implicated in the phantom-requests operation.

The Miami-Dade state attorney’s office, seeking electronic equipment such as computers, served search warrants Friday at the homes of Giancarlo Sopo, 30, Joe Garcia’s communications director; and John Estes, 26, his 2012 campaign manager. Neither Estes nor Sopo responded to requests for comment.

So far, the investigators claimed that the efforts failed up front, with applications flagged as suspicious. Those, of course, are the applications they caught.  It seems at least questionable that people this determined to cheat would have stopped at one strategy to do so, and ceased after being thwarted only once.  The continuing searches might end up finding that these Florida Democrats found success elsewhere.

Stay tuned.

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This week the Democrat controlled CA legislature has been working to pass 7 bills restricting 2nd amendment rights of citizens – banning guns with removable magazines, requiring background checks and licensing (with $50 fees), etc.

I contrast that with Motor-Voter legislation at the state and federal levels that allow people to merely attest via mailed in forms to their qualification to vote. No background check, no proof of citizenship or residency required. The revelations about the rampant voter fraud in Ohio last November is stunning to anyone with love of our nation.

How did we come to a place where protecting the core of a representative democracy is considered racist and reactionary and any effort to restore legitimacy is roundly assaulted by the left? Yet, the very same leftists strive weekly to restrict another constitutional right.

in_awe on June 2, 2013 at 2:58 PM

That sounds vaguely familiar to the we need to take back the Republican party. The only problem is that I began hearing it in 1972 at the ripe old age of 21. I am now almost 62 and the Liberal North Eastern Republicans still control the party. The democrats have gotten worse over that time and while cleaning up the mess would be great there are no facts on the ground to indicate we actually can do it.

chemman on June 2, 2013 at 2:00 AM

We aren’t doomed to failure in the future because of past failures, are we?

I should clarify what I meant by “pessimistic” in my last post: I didn’t mean that we should be Pollyannas, I meant that we should not believe that unfavorable outcomes are foreordained, with no chances of success – leaders don’t think that way.

We shouldn’t make the battle easier for Leftards, who want us to have a broken spirits, by throwing our hands up in the air every time our prospects look grim.

Anti-Control on June 2, 2013 at 3:04 PM

Whatever. That election should be re-done.

TX-96 on June 2, 2013 at 3:18 PM

More evidence that one cannot spell ‘voter fraud’ without ‘democrat.’

locomotivebreath1901 on June 2, 2013 at 4:00 PM

Imagine if democrats put as much underhanded effort to win wars as they do to win elections.

Bevan on June 2, 2013 at 5:06 PM

Imagine if democrats put as much underhanded effort to win wars as they do to win elections.

Bevan on June 2, 2013 at 5:06 PM

Oh but they do, when the war is one they care about, like their War on Guns, their War on Conservatives, and their War on the Constitution.

squint on June 2, 2013 at 6:59 PM

Imagine if democrats put as much underhanded effort to win wars as they do to win elections.

Bevan on June 2, 2013 at 5:06 PM

They do it is just that their side happens to be the side killing Americans.

Slowburn on June 3, 2013 at 2:32 AM

Let’s face it & embrace reality…the last Presidential election was STOLEN.

Democrats love to whine about how Bush stole an election in Flroida, despite the re-count carried out – against a court order – revealed in the end that Bush DID win Florida. During this last Presidential election Obama had to win 5 key states – in EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THOSE STATES MASSIVE FRAUD & CRIMES WERE COMMITTED. In one district where over 1,000 regeistered GOP voters voted in their Party elections NOT 1 GOP VOTE WAS RECORDED during the Presidential election. In another key district 140% of their entire population voted. In another, a registered Democratic Party member who was the acting election day poll manager openly bragged about having voted approx 4 times – she was arrested & in the news recently. Much like the New Black Panthers in 2008 who were ‘pardoned’ by Holder/Obama, I am waiting for the news of the DOJ dropping charges against her soon, as well. She was not the only one, as reported in the news. In every critical district in all 5 states needed by Obama fraud & crimes were reported..& Obama won the Presidency again.

NOW…once again, we are finding out about more proof of the ‘Banana Republic’ STOLEN election of 2012. (ONCE AGAIN, if any one of had done what he has done we would be going to jail. As Congress has given itself a FREE PASS needed to ignore the Constitution & Rules of Law that apply to all of us, NOTHING will be done to this man!)

easyt65 on June 3, 2013 at 8:40 AM

This goes straight to what is so frustrating about fraud. We ONLY HEAR ABOUT THE ONES THAT DID WERE CAUGHT. That is the very nature of fraud.

JusDreamin on June 3, 2013 at 9:47 AM

I think that with the exception of on duty military – no more absentee voting. With more and more states allowing early voting, absentee voting no longer is required.

Zomcon JEM on June 3, 2013 at 10:56 AM