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Stuffing the ballot

2010-09-07 17:48:03.555226+00 by Dan Lyke 6 comments

N.Y. Times: G.O.P. Recruits Street People to Run on Green Ticket in Arizona. Which really doesn't bother me all that much, because, you know, someone's urging all of those mentally ill people to split the G.O.P. vote with the whole Tea Party thing anyway, seems like politics as usual, no?

“These are people who are not serious and who were recruited as part of a cynical manipulation of the process,” said Paul Eckstein, a lawyer representing the Democrats. “They don’t know Green from red.”

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#Comment Re: made: 2010-09-09 16:49:58.415226+00 by: petronius

Best line of the article: "It doesn't pass the smell test!" Well, they are homeless.....

This is old-timey local politics. About 15 years ago the political fixers on the south side of Chicago enlisted two people named Jesse Jackson to run in the Dem primary against Jesse Jackson Jr., the sitting congressman and son of the noted preacher. Both dropped by the wayside before the vote, but it did cause some confusion.

#Comment Re: made: 2010-09-09 14:30:13.139226+00 by: Dan Lyke

I believe there's a huge difference between support for limited government and lower taxes, and the GOP and the Tea Party, and I make that distinction when calling the latter "mentally ill".

#Comment Re: made: 2010-09-09 09:34:31.495226+00 by: stevesh

I won't comment, I guess, on the idea that those of us who support limited government and lower taxes are 'mentally ill'.

#Comment Re: made: 2010-09-09 09:31:25.051226+00 by: stevesh [edit history]

Here in Michigan, the Democratic party and some labor union people tried to register the name Tea Party and stack the ballots with phony candidates. Fortunately, the state election commission refused to recognize the party. These shenanigans aren't limited to the GOP.

#Comment Re: made: 2010-09-09 01:39:04.127226+00 by: Larry Burton

As long as ballot laws continue to make it difficult for those without party status from running I hope to see more shenanigans like this.