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Friday, November 7, 2008

Will The Dems Steal The Senate Race In Minnesota?

It is starting to look like the Gubernatorial race in Washington State back in 2004. Remember that? The Dems kept taking the election results back to court until enough votes were "found" in order to give the Democrats the win. Dino Rossi was the declared winner until the third and final recount declared Christine Gregoire the winner. During the lawsuits of the recount prcess, the Dems were "finding" new votes everywhere, many of them questionable at best, but were allowed by Democrat-appointed judges who were overseeing the case.

Now, it looks like Al Franken and the Dems are going to do the same thing in Minnesota where Norm Coleman has apparently won the vote, but the recounts are starting to look eerily similar to the Washington State election in 2004.

Matthew Vadum at the American Spectator has some good information on how the Dems might pull off another Gregoire. It turns out that Minnesota Secretary of State Mark Ritchie is a Democrat who has strong ties to ACORN and ACORN happened to have endorsed Al Franken in this election.

Let's meet Mr. Ritchie:


From Matthew's column:

Minnesota's secretary of state isn't a Democrat by happenstance.

Ritchie, who defeated two-term incumbent Republican Mary Kiffmeyer in 2006, received an endorsement and financial assistance for his run from a below-the-radar non-federal "527" group called the Secretary of State Project. The entity can accept unlimited financial contributions and doesn't have to disclose them publicly until well after the election.

The founders of the Secretary of State Project, which claims to advance "election protection" but only backs Democrats, religiously believe that right-leaning secretaries of state helped the GOP steal the presidential elections in Florida in 2000 (Katherine Harris) and in Ohio in 2004 (Ken Blackwell).

That already looks sinister enough. But it goes even deeper:

In the election on Tuesday, Ritchie said his office "received no reports whatsoever of fraudulent voting occurring," but most news reports omitted the fact that a conservative watchdog group called Minnesota Majority repeatedly urged Ritchie to clean up the state's voter data. The group urged "a thorough review and verification of all voter registration records."

Minnesota Majority claimed last month that there were thousands of irregularities in voter lists, including 261,000 duplicative registrations and 63,000 voters listing an address that the post office reported was "non-deliverable."

Ritchie was dismissive.

Of course he was dismissive. Would a Democrat actually look into voter fraud if such fraud seemed like it was going to help a Democrat win an election? Not in this lifetime. Look at how Gregoire was handed the Governorship of Washington State by Democrat-appointed judges who allowed very questionalble votes to be counted. Ritchie and Franken are probably looking at the very same plan right now.

And the media isn't being completely forthcoming with the story either:

Most media reports also leave out the fact that Ritchie has extensive ties to the controversial in-your-face direct action group, ACORN (Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now), whose employees have been implicated in electoral fraud time and time again.

In 2006, the Minnesota ACORN Political Action Committee endorsed Ritchie and donated to his campaign. According to the Minnesota Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board, contributors to Ritchie's campaign included liberal philanthropists George Soros, Drummond Pike, and Deborah Rappaport, along with veteran community organizer Heather Booth, a Saul Alinsky disciple who co-founded the Midwest Academy, a radical ACORN clone. One article on Ritchie's 2006 campaign website brags about the fine work ACORN did in Florida to pass a constitutional amendment to raise that state's minimum wage.

And the parting shot, that we should all take heed of:

As the politically astute Joseph Stalin once remarked, "The people who cast the votes decide nothing. The people who count the votes decide everything."

You can access the complete article on-line here:

SOS In Minnesota
Matthew Vadum
The American Spectator
November 7, 2008

UPDATE: Apparently, Mr. Ritchie "found" another hundred votes for Franken. If he "finds" 300 more, he will declare Franken the winner.

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