Skip to comments.Busby on defense, says she misspoke
Posted on 06/03/2006 6:35:43 AM PDT by Vision
If an election can turn on a sentence, this could be the one: You don't need papers for voting.
On Thursday night, Francine Busby, the Democratic candidate for the 50th Congressional District, was speaking before a largely Latino crowd in Escondido when she uttered those words. She said yesterday she simply misspoke.
But someone taped it and a recording began circulating yesterday. After she made that statement at the meeting, Busby immediately said: You don't need to be a registered voter to help (the campaign). She said that subsequent statement was to clarify what she meant.
The recording, which was played yesterday on Roger Hedgecock's radio talk show, jolted the campaign.
Busby, a Cardiff school board member, is in a tight race with Republican Brian Bilbray, a congressman-turned-lobbyist, who has based his campaign on a tough anti-illegal-immigration stance. Busby has focused her campaign on ethics reform. The two are vying to replace Randy Duke Cunningham, who was jailed after pleading guilty to taking bribes.
Busby said she was invited to the forum at the Jocelyn Senior Center in Escondido by the leader of a local soccer league. Many of the 50 or so people there were Spanish speakers. Toward the end, a man in the audience asked in Spanish: I want to help, but I don't have papers.
It was translated and Busby replied: Everybody can help, yeah, absolutely, you can all help. You don't need papers for voting, you don't need to be a registered voter to help.
Bilbray said at worst, Busby was encouraging someone to vote illegally. At best, she was encouraging someone who is illegally in the country to work on her campaign.
She's soliciting illegal aliens to campaign for her and it's on tape this isn't exactly what you call the pinnacle of ethical campaign strategy, Bilbray said. I don't know how she shows her face.
The two later met in a debate in Carlsbad last night.
Earlier, San Diego Minutemen volunteer Anthony Porrello said he got the tape from an an anonymous Minuteman and passed it on to the news media and talk radio. News of the gathering had circulated among local Minutemen before the meeting, according to William Griffith, the independent candidate in the race who has been endorsed by the San Diego Minutemen.
He attended, but did not hear the statement. He said he was in the back of the room.
I heard what I expected to hear from a Democrat who supports amnesty, he said. Busby says she doesn't support amnesty, but backs the comprehensive plan pushed by U.S. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., that includes opening a path to citizenship for people in the United States illegally if they pay penalties and abide by certain conditions.
Busby said that Republicans are now twisting her words. She does not in any way support or advocate that illegal immigrants vote, she said.
I was clarifying the question that was being asked in Spanish and then stated that you do not have to be a registered voter to help the campaign because there were many people who appeared to be to be under 18 in the group who wanted to volunteer, she said in a statement. I'm not surprised that the Republican Party is making this last-minute, desperate ploy and it is absolutely false.
June 2, 2006
CA-50 Democratic Candidate Francine Busby Advocates Undocumented Citizens To Vote For Her (VIDEO)
I hope this sinks her socialist ship.
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Michelle Malkin has more on her blog at:
Hmm. As if this isn't the obvious goal of the Dems to legitimize this...and they haven't been doing it illegitemately forever.
They are just getting more open about it, and starting to speak the truth.
It goes to Ann Coulter's premise that Liberals cannot tell the public who they REALLY are and what they REALLY believe in. They have to hide it, but every once in a while, you can see behind the curtain.
Yes, she "misspoke" all right. For a Democrat, you "misspoke" when the truth comes out of your mouth.
Dang! Caught again!
Seems like "the campaign" was the authors addition. How does he know that is what she meant? /rhetorical?
It wouldn't get so much traction if it wasn't so typical of the Dems attitude toward voting, period. "Photo IDs are too great a burden for the poor, who can't afford to travel five miles to get one, for free. They're out of the question...."
This was suppose to be the democrats and MSM's showcase race to demonstrate the "coming democrat tide" in November. Now that it looks likes Busby has self destructed, I predict that Bilbray will win by a comfortable margin and you won't hear a peep about it in the MSM.
this is the fundamental reason Democrats support open borders, importing millions of Third World foreigners (ever since they managed to pass the 1965 Immigration Act by lying about what its effects would be), Motor Voter registration (Democrats like potential voters who find otherwise find it "too much trouble" to go to town hall to register), same-day registration (voter fraud has delievered millions of votes to the Democrats over the years)...its why Democrats object to laws that require voters to prove citizenship or even legal residency
Democrats are counting on the fact that the millions of Third World illegals will mostly vote for them and they know that they just need to get them out to the polls:
When will all Americans...real Americans ever understand that the Democrat party is at war with us?
Get a load of this.......gotta love it
It's pretty obvious IMO
Excellent idea. These sorts of Democrats need to go directly to jail before they get a chance to hold office.
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