<!-- Begin meta tags generated by ORblogs --> </meta name="keywords" content="progressive, liberal, politics, government, edit, language, grammar, accuracy, honesty, clarity, world, news, media" /> </> <!-- End meta tags generated by ORblogs -->> Editor at Large: This is outrageous

Wednesday, January 05, 2005

This is outrageous

Ohio’s Secretary of State Kenneth Blackwell has sent a fundraising letter to his Republican constituents that boasts of helping to “deliver” Ohio's vote to President Bush—reminiscent of the promise made by Diebold CEO Walden O'Dell to "deliver [Ohio's] electoral votes to the president." Blackwell's letter also said he was “truly pleased” to announce that Bush had won Ohio—before all of the state’s votes were counted—and that Senator Kerry was a “disaster” who would have reaped “terrible” and “horrible” results on both Ohio and the United States.

The letter, a plea to support Blackwell’s campaign for governor, also says, “Without your enthusiasm, generous support and vote, I’m afraid the President would have lost . . . And an unapologetic liberal Democrat named John Kerry would have won. Thankfully, you and I stopped that disaster from happening.”

Not outraged yet? There's more—a lot more. Over a span of six single-spaced, barely literate pages, Blackwell affirms over and over his commitment to advancing his agenda, which consists primarily of defeating liberals and homosexuals and spreading "Christianity." You have to read it to believe it—and even then, you'll be incredulous: http://rawstory.rawprint.com/105/blackwell_campaign_letter_105.php

Fortunately, Rep. John Conyers' (D-Michigan) report to Congress today about voting irregularities will include references to Blackwell's letter: “Many have strongly suspected that the inexplicable and arbitrary decisions of Secretary Blackwell stemmed from partisan political motivations. This suspicion is apparently bolstered by Secretary Blackwell himself in a recently-sent fund-raising letter.”

Conyers’ report scorns Blackwell for his pleasure in announcing Bush’s victory. “Such a blatant statement acknowledging the commingling of his official duty to ensure a fair election with his partisan duty to re-elect President Bush, made in a political fund-raising appeal, evidences Secretary Blackwell’s poor judgment at best, and the manipulation of election administration for partisan purposes, at worst.”

Stay tuned...you should be hearing more about this. If we hear more, we'll post it.


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