Skip to comments.No Vote Fraud? New Twist in Rangel “Win”
Posted on 07/08/2012 12:15:58 PM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
A few days ago, I noted the irony in the unfolding controversy involving the results from the New York Democratic primary. At a time when Democrats around the country, including Attorney General Eric Holder, have been vociferously claiming there is no such thing as voter fraud in the United States and that efforts to uphold the integrity of elections are a form of racism, the senior member of the Congressional Black Caucus appears to have engaged in a variety of forms of fraud himself. The latest results from the June 26 election show Rep. Charles Rangel holding a more than 900-vote edge on challenger Adriano Espaillat. But Espaillat is screaming bloody murder over the way Rangels party establishment followers may have cooked the results.
Rangels people disqualified hundreds of ballots from presumed supporters of Espaillat as well as a number of other dirty tricks aimed at keeping the ethically challenged incumbent in office. But the latest twist shows the brazen nature of the plot to commit fraud. According to the New York Daily News, a few days before, city election workers engaged in some slippery manipulations that helped Rangel:
Timothy Gay, the deputy chief clerk for Manhattans Board of Elections and the person currently supervising the count of the votes in the Manhattan part of the 13th Congressional District held a meeting in Harlem with key Rangel campaign operatives, and with district leaders supporting Rangel.
Asked about the meeting, Gay said he attended at the request of state Assemblyman Keith Wright, the Manhattan Democratic chairman, to provide district leaders with lists of their Democratic inspectors assigned to their specific districts and to discuss election matters in general.
So why did candidate Rangels campaign staffers attend, while no Democratic district leaders who supported Espaillat were invited?
The answer to that question is obvious. The chutzpah displayed here is breathtaking. The New York Democratic Party wasnt content to just steal the election for Rangel; they actually held a meeting with the officials charged with ensuring a fair result to make sure it was crooked. As the News concludes:
Everyone knew the entire Democratic Party leadership of the Bronx and Manhattan was behind Rangel. But it is now clear that the Board of Elections had a horse in the race, too, which is why any count the board produces needs to be checked and then double-checked.
But, of course, the problem of voter fraud, whether committed by individuals acting at the behest of campaigns or efforts to alter the results by officials, is real. Politicians and their supporters have been trying to steal elections in the United States since before there was a United States. Cheating takes place in the country as well as urban settings. Republicans have done it and so have Democrats. And you can be sure that in any place where those charged with monitoring the vote are in the pocket of those running for office the results cannot be trusted.
That is why all efforts to ensure the integrity of the vote, be it by requiring voter ID or measures seeking to prevent the kind of fraud practiced by Rangels supporters is not only not racist, it is absolutely necessary to protect American democracy.
WOW...I did not know that race was that close....
Latinos will NEVER win when going up against the Democratic OldBlackGuard. Holder will see to that. Too bad the Latinos can’t see it.
A nice picture of Rangel increasing his voter appeal.
Did a repub bother to get on the ballot? I could see latino voters staging a protest vote just to screw Rangel.
Republicans should run ads in Rangles district that “we many not tell you everything you want to hear, but we won’t lie to you and steal elections.”
I read that NYPD were supposed to note / collect results at the close of the polls / voting precint, but some did not do so. Why is this their (off duty) job. Who did not and why? Did the polls close at 9pm? Friends of Rangel just like the new poll workers?
Good luck NY 13 when Rangel is gone and you are last in seniority.
Rangel should’ve been serving hard time 20 years ago! You can’t tell me we still have equal justice in this Country!
Note to Republicans:
YOU COULD TURN THIS INTO A CAMPAIGN ISSUE AND A HOUSE INVESTIGATION.
I heard this fellow running against Rangel is Dominican. I learned this from a citizen from the Dominican Republic who is here legally. But she said something I found very interesting. She said she wanted to go to New York to vote for Mr. Espaillat to be the first Dominican member of Congress.
I asked her how does a citizen of the Dominican Republic vote in any US election. She got real quiet and never answered my question. I understand that Puerto Ricans can vote in this country because Puerto Rico is a Commonwealth of the US. But I honestly believe that some of the Dominicans voting in that election were probably not US citizens. So there was plenty of voter fraud to go around on all sides of the democrat primary.
I have a feeling that Charlie Rangel knows where all the bodies are buried. He’s been there so long. They can’t afford to have him start singing, so they did what they could to make sure all the fraud was in his favor.
Almost as bad as a guy I was introduced to at a business lunch, Dick Oder.
“The latest results from the June 26 election show Rep. Charles Rangel holding a more than 900-vote edge on challenger Adriano Espaillat. But Espaillat is screaming bloody murder over the way Rangels party establishment followers may have cooked the results.”
Never let a crisis go to waste. The DNC just gave NY to Romney. He better take this.
“Timothy Gay? Seriously?
Almost as bad as a guy I was introduced to at a business lunch, Dick Oder.”
I think these two have been dating recently.
The blacks have seniority on the Democratic plantation. Those damn uppity Mexcans and Spicks can just wait their turn.
Vote Fraud....it’s what Democrats DO!!!
Sorry, but the Dem Hispanics want FREE STUFF and to VOTE ILLEGALLY....they will NEVER abandon the Dems.
This isn’t just a local issue. This is a test run for what is going to go down in November.
The Dems assume that if we put up with it small we’ll put up with it large.
I think they are right.
Voter fraud is a tradition in New York Democrat Primaries.
this was only a Democratic primary; if the Republicans nominated a candidate, that would be for the November general election
A Republican would not be on the ballot, as this was a Democratic primary. Republican would be on the November ballot, but I do NOT know if anyone is running this year. In 2010 we had a pretty creidble candidate, Reverend Michel Faulkner, and yet he only got 10%.