Category Archives: Election Law

Stealing ’08: Why Tim Griffin’s Appointment Was So Important

I have been hinting (here and here) that the Gonzo tumult is a distraction from the main event: Karl Rove’s use of the Justice Dept to provide cover for his planned theft of the 2008 election. While the Congress – and the country – wastes its time and energy trying to get Gonzo Al to resign (we know Bush won’t fire him under any circumstances), Rove’s USA replacements are gearing up for an election full of dirty tricks and illegal rights-embezzling.

Why, for example, was it so damned important to get a legal non-entity like Tim Griffin into a USA spot in a potential swing state that Harriet Miers was willing to pressure top Rove political aide Sara Taylor (who resigned today, perhaps feeling the investigators breathing down her neck and seeing the writing on the wall) to lean on Kyle Sampson and Monica Goodling to fire Bud Cummins so Timmy could have his job?

Let’s see, shall we?

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Pub Campaign Dirty Tricks in Md, Gonzo Shrugs

You know, Gonzo just don’t seem to give a damn any more and he’s no longer even pretending he does.

The Baltimore Sun reports that Republicans Gov Bobby Erlich and Lt Gov Mike Steele passed out campaign brochures in minority-heavy areas on election day last November that identified them as Democrats.

The full-color brochures, which were sponsored by the campaigns of Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. and Lt. Gov. Michael S. Steele – Cardin’s opponent in the November election – listed the Republican candidates for governor and U.S. Senate as the top choices on a “Democratic sample ballot.”

The fliers were distributed outside polling places in predominantly African-American precincts in Baltimore and Prince George’s County.

They also appeared to suggest that Ehrlich and Steele had been endorsed by former Rep. Kweisi Mfume and Prince George’s County Executive Jack B. Johnson. Mfume and Johnson, both black Democrats, were in fact supporting Cardin.

When the Democratic challenger asked AG Alberto “I don’t know, I just work here” Gonzales to investigate the incident, Gonzo didn’t see there was much he could do.

Gonzales said federal law did not provide tools for “going after campaign tactics or rhetoric by candidates.”

Excuse me? The man who fired 9 US Attorneys because they weren’t going after voter fraud – a problem which doesn’t exist – with sufficient zeal can’t think of a law that might be relevant here? Misrepresentation? Fraud? Discrimination? Do none of these apply?

Not if you’re Gonzo and the targets are Republicans. If Democrats had been lacing well-to-do suburbs with brochures wherein they identified themselves as Republican candidates endorsed by Jerry Falwell and Grover Norquist, you can bet your ass Gonzo would all over it like one of those cheap suits he wears. The Maryland USA would lose his/her job behind it if s/he didn’t have them behind bars by sundown.

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