"The mess is a lingering embarrassment for the GOP"


As I posted yesterday, The Los Angeles Times, the Brad Blog, and CaliforniaWatch.org are all posting about GOP election/registration fraud and hypocrisy. There is a "shady voter registration firm owned by Mitt Romney’s paid political consultant and longtime GOP operative, Nathan Sproul."

According to the L.A. Times, "Strategic Allied Consulting was hired to do voter registration drives in Florida, Virginia, Colorado, North Carolina and Nevada, and had been planning get-out-the-vote drives in Ohio and Wisconsin, according to Sproul."

And California Watch reported that "in a complaint filed last week with the county registrar of voters, the Democrats presented affidavits from 133 Democratic voters who said they had been re-registered as Republicans without their consent after they encountered petition circulators outside welfare offices and stores."

And then a few days ago, there was this memorable moment, one that was referred to in one of the Times pieces below: VIDEO: Voter registration volunteer: “We’re out here in support of Romney, actually… We’re working for the county clerk’s office.”

So much for Republican credibility and integrity.

Which brings us to today's reports from the L.A. Times. There are two:

Strategic Allied told Palm Beach County officials that the suspicious forms found there could be traced to one worker, William T. Hazard of Boynton Beach, according to sources familiar with the investigation. Officials identified 106 forms submitted by Hazard. [...]

Hazard said he was paid $12 an hour and not compensated for how many forms he turned in, so he said he would have no incentive to forge applications.

He said he was given "zero training." His only instructions were to approach people and ask whom they supported in the presidential election. When people answered with President Obama, he said, he wished them a good day. If someone said Mitt Romney, he asked if they were registered to vote. If not, he handed them forms to fill out, he said.

That is similar to the little antics in the post I referred to earlier about a young woman in Colorado who was only registering Romney supporters.

What is not in the revised online report, but in my morning L.A. Times newspaper, is this sentence:

But the mess is a lingering embarrassment for the GOP, which has pushed for new state laws to combat what party members say is a system riddled with Democratic voter fraud.

Mess, indeed. A big hot mess created by none other than the GOP who have made a concerted effort to disenfranchise Democratic voters.

But wait! There's more! The second article refers to those fraudulent GOP registration efforts in California and how it has created a "surge" in Republican registration in Riverside County:

Formal complaints filed with the state by at least 133 residents of a state Senate district there say they were added to GOP rolls without their knowledge, calling into question the party's boast that Republican membership has rocketed 23% in the battleground area. [...]

The complaints have also shined a light on the political committee behind the registration drive, Golden State Voter Participation Project, and its biggest donor, wealthy GOP activist Charles Munger Jr. Other donors include the California Apartment Assn., Farmers Group Inc. and Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturing of America. [...]

Democrats say bogus registrations are more than just an issue of workers trying to make an extra buck — that they're a trick to prevent the Democratic party from getting supporters to the polls as well as to draw more money to the area's Republican races. A statewide Democratic group gathered the complaints and filed them with the secretary of state's investigators. [...] A local Democratic group, the Riverside County Progressive Political Action Committee, alleged in a letter to county officials that the GOP registration drive there was "an overt and pervasive voter registration fraud effort."

Remember, all these "alleged" attempts to illegally affect the outcome of the November elections is coming from the party that is accusing Democrats-- and have accused the dreaded and now-defunct but totally vindicated ACORN-- of doing very similar, if not identical, things.

Again, the hypocrisy is astounding, the projection is Rovian.