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Dem Fury At Attorney Firings For Vote Fraud

An amazing quasi-admission from the DNC’s Washington Post:

Voter-Fraud Complaints by GOP Drove Dismissals

By Dan Eggen and Amy Goldstein
Monday, May 14, 2007; A04

Nearly half the U.S. attorneys slated for removal by the administration last year were targets of Republican complaints that they were lax on voter fraud, including efforts by presidential adviser Karl Rove to encourage more prosecutions of election- law violations, according to new documents and interviews.

Of the 12 U.S. attorneys known to have been dismissed or considered for removal last year, five were identified by Rove or other administration officials as working in districts that were trouble spots for voter fraud — Kansas City, Mo.; Milwaukee; New Mexico; Nevada; and Washington state. Four of the five prosecutors in those districts were dismissed.

It has been clear for months that the administration’s eagerness to launch voter-fraud prosecutions played a role in some of the firings, but recent testimony, documents and interviews show the issue was more central than previously known. The new details include the names of additional prosecutors who were targeted and other districts that were of concern, as well as previously unknown information about the White House’s role.

The Justice Department demanded that one U.S. attorney, Todd P. Graves of Kansas City, resign in January 2006, several months after he refused to sign off on a Justice lawsuit involving the state’s voter rolls, Graves said last week. U.S. Attorney Steven M. Biskupic of Milwaukee also was targeted last fall after complaints from Rove that he was not doing enough about voter fraud. But he was spared because Justice officials feared that removing him might cause political problems on Capitol Hill, according to interviews of Justice aides conducted by congressional staff members.

There is reason for worry and suspicion at this point as to whether voting fraud played an inappropriate role in personnel decisions by the department,” said Daniel P. Tokaji, an election law specialist at Ohio State University’s Moritz College of Law.

The behind-the-scenes maneuvering to replace U.S. attorneys viewed as weak on voter fraud, from state Republican parties to the White House, is one element of a nationwide partisan brawl over voting rights in recent years. Ever since the contested 2000 presidential election, which ended in a Florida recount and intervention by the U.S. Supreme Court, both political parties have attempted to use election law to tip close contests to their advantage.

Through legislation and litigation, Republicans have pressed for voter-identification requirements and other rules to clamp down on what they assert is widespread fraud by ineligible voters. Starting early in the Bush administration, the Justice Department has emphasized increasing prosecutions of fraudulent voting.

Democrats counter that such fraud is rare and that GOP efforts are designed to suppress legitimate votes by minorities, the elderly and recent immigrants, who are likely to support Democratic candidates. A draft report last year by the Election Assistance Commission, a bipartisan government panel that conducts election research, said that “there is widespread but not unanimous agreement that there is little polling place fraud.”

That conclusion was played down in the panel’s final report, which said only that the seriousness of the problem was debatable…

Of course most sentient beings have been aware from the start that this was one of the Bush administration’s major complaints against the fired US attorneys.

And rightly so. In fact, the “sanctity of the ballot box” used to be a watchword of our watchdog media. But, alas, that is no more.

Finally we see that all of the sound and fury from the Democrats over the (perfectly legal and proper) firing of these US attorneys was really motivated by fear.

Their fear that the election laws in this country might be enforced, and voter fraud, which is the mother’s milk of Democrats, might be curbed.

And what a typical move on the part of the Democrats and their lickspittle media. To gin up so much phony outrage over the adminstration and Department of Justice actually trying to uphold the laws of the country.

Literally nothing else matters to the DNC except getting and holding onto power.

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, May 14th, 2007. Comments are currently closed.

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