Walker recall: Expectations of foul play, claims of foul play
posted at 2:19 pm on June 5, 2012 by Howard Portnoy
In the state of Wisconsin, the day has barely begun but accusations of impropriety have already been made. The website wispolitics.com (h/t Matt Drudge) reports that Milwaukee County Democratic Party chairwoman Sachin Chheda has accused Walker supporters of “cheating”—and in no uncertain terms.
‘This latest lowlife sleaze comes on the heels of countless reports from around the state of various Republican dirty tricks on behalf of Walker,’ Chheda said in a statement. ‘For instance, reports surfaced last weekend that Walker supporters are paying homeowners to post Walker signs on their lawns.’
The “lowlife sleaze” in question is the alleged making of phone calls by GOP operatives instructing voters that if they signed the recall, they didn’t need to vote today.
State Sen. Lena Taylor (D-Milwaukee) messengered a letter to Government Accountability Board Director Kevin Kennedy asking him to look into this allegation and other claims of elections fraud, including allegation that some voters were told that the recall vote is to be held on Wednesday.
Meanwhile, a Justice Department press release issued on Monday notes that the department will be dispatching agents to monitor elections today in the city of Milwaukee and two locations in California and New Mexico.
It is good to know that Eric Holder will be looking over the shoulders of everyone connected with the Walker recall, especially in light of all the disenfranchising hanky-panky that states have been resorting to by insisting that voter present photo IDs at the polls. Speaking of which, Breitbart.com notes that such an ID was required to enter the Massmutual Center for a recent vote in which a Democratic challenger to Senate hopeful Elizabeth Warren attempted to force Warren into a primary. The challenger , Marisa DeFranco, failed to gain the 15% support needed. But a question arises: Were DeFranco supporters unfairly discriminated against because of the photo ID requirement, and if so, shouldn’t Justice be investigating?
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