Friday, August 25, 2006

"I know nothing...noTHING!"

This week the Republican National Committee fessed up to hiring a voter registration group that has been banned from Wal-Mart stores across Tennessee for "failing to meet the retailer's standards of nonpartisanship."
The group - Liberty Consultants - was paid by GOP operative Nathan Sproul to corral Wal-Mart shoppers and sign up Republicans to vote. Former Sproul workers reported that in 2004 they used similar tactics and were told to sign up only Republicans, and to walk away from people who might support Democrats. Reports have circulated that some completed Democratic voter registration forms collected by the group were actually thrown away or ripped up Sproul operatives.
Harrassing Wal-Mart shoppers to vote Republican is a tad cheezy, but what really caught my attention was the fact that the Tennessee Republican Party claims they had "no prior knowledge" of any such RNC funded voter registration drive in its own backyard. According to the state GOP's executive director Chris Devaney (aka Sgt. Shultz of Hogan's Heroes fame), the party was surprised to learn of all this. "I know nothing...noTHING!"
Sure. Yea. Right.
Why should I expect that the head of the Tennessee Republican party (....or anyone of any stature within the entire Republican party organization across all 95 counties) would have ANY knowledge whatsoever of a massive multi-million dollar, multi-location cordinated GOP voter registration within our state that is funded and directed by the national republican party?
Silly me.

5 Comments:

Blogger Milton said...

Let's not forget that the Tennessee Republican Party has been busted for screwing around with elections before. If I remember correctly, the Justice Department whacked them because they sent out phony mail pieces in 2002 "reminding" minority voters that they needed two photos ID's in order to vote and giving out the wrong date of the election.

10:46 AM  
Blogger RepublicansRule said...

Sucks to loose, huh? Hahahahha.

7:02 PM  
Blogger Ned Williams said...

Actually, I don't think you remember correctly, Milton, but I'm open to being enlightened.

And, Mike, I see now what you mean by "another black eye." I guess the Lefty 527s like America Coming Together and ACORN were above reproach?

10:09 PM  
Blogger imissbill said...

There's plenty in this situation to make any fair-minded person protest, but tearing up registration forms?? That just crosses so many lines, legal and moral, that it makes me sick. In the '04 campaign I , and many others, registered many new voters. We NEVER asked which party, which candidate, or anything else they chose. We also drove folks to the polls for early voting and on election day. Never once trying to influence any voter along the way. I come from a very patriotic family with many veterans. I take my right to vote seriously. Tearing up completed forms? I don't care which party they were with. That's outrageous. They can deny any knowledge of this all day long, that doesn't excuse it. The GOP ought to stand up, take responsibility and issue an apology.

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