Skip to comments.Honor the vote, which went for Farenthold
Posted on 11/06/2010 6:59:39 PM PDT by Paleo Conservative
A satirist of Swiftian talent could not have made up Thursdays sequence of events in the real-life saga of U.S. Rep. Solomon Ortizs persistent refusal to concede to Rep.-elect Blake Farenthold.
First, a bag of uncounted votes was discovered not a box, a bag.
The Ortiz campaigns immediate response was not unlike the super-sleuths standard A-HA! reaction to the discovery of a clue. Yesterday we urged caution, the Ortiz campaigns statement said, and today that caution was proved warranted ...
The bag was from a precinct in Robstown, Ortizs loyalist hometown. The bag contained seven votes, all for Ortiz.
To which many readers of Caller.com swiftly commented: A-HA! or words to that effect. Several allusions were made to a perceived failure to disenfranchise the deceased, and to the infamous Box 13 incident that helped Lyndon Johnson win the 1948 U.S. Senate election.
Fairly or not, those are the perceptions caused by Ortizs tardiness in conceding. Ortizs margin of loss, by election night count, was 799 votes. The bag of votes shrank the difference to 792. For perspective, thats still 87 more people than survived the sinking of the Titanic.
Its also still 57 more than all of the not-yet-counted provisional and overseas votes cast by mail or by deployed military. And its safe to say that if all of those votes turn out to be for Ortiz, this real-life satire would become real-life science fiction.
We admire the fight left in the 73-year-old Ortiz after nearly 28 years in office. We do not condone the damage it does to the peoples confidence in the health of democracy in these United States. His campaigns own words undermine the process by specifically expressing a lack of trust in it: Its imperative, according to Thursdays release, that the voters of this community have the chance to have their voice heard but this new revelation of uncounted votes that were apparently misplaced combined with the well-known remaining votes to be counted and well-documented concerns about voting irregularities only reaffirm the need to be diligent and respect our election process.
Well-documented concerns about voting irregularities? We havent seen this documentation, and we would consider it highly newsworthy. Also, Nueces County Clerk Diana Barrera had a plausible if embarrassing explanation for the bag of votes. Ballots were taken on paper briefly during a power outage that prevented use of electronic voting machines. Had there been a conspiracy to deny Ortiz those seven hometown votes, wed think theyd have remained misplaced forever.
Ortiz has expressed much concern for the voters rights in his resistance to accepting the elections outcome. It is Representative Ortizs priority that every persons vote is fully accounted and everyones voice is heard anything short of that is an affront to the Democratic process. Until the votes are counted and, if appropriate, recounted to ensure accuracy, there remains no winner in this race. (The uppercase of Democratic was by the Ortiz campaign, not us.)
Going into the election, Ortizs worldliness was perhaps his strongest advantage over his opponent. Postelection, he seems to suggest a third-worldliness in the system and that this third-worldliness apparently worked against him rather than for him.
We dont think it Pollyannish to doubt that Farenthold could have or would have stolen this election. The powerful longtime incumbent Ortiz would have been in a much stronger position to have done so, and clearly didnt, as the outcome in Farentholds favor shows.
The best thing Ortiz could do in the interest of the residents of U.S. House District 27 is to assist its congressman-elect, Blake Farenthold, R-Corpus Christi.
what surprises me most about the last election is that nearly half the people are STILL too stupid, and still vote democrap
Pajama Boy Wins!
U.S. Rep. Ortiz asks for manual recount
November 05, 2010 10:52 PM
Valley Morning Star
U.S. Rep. Solomon Ortiz, trailing Republican challenger Blake Farenthold by 792 votes in the race for Texas 27th District, officially announced in a written statement late Friday afternoon that he would seek a manual recount, citing what he called numerous voting irregularities.
The call for a recount came after provisional ballot totals and outstanding military-vote estimates showed that even if all of those votes went for Ortiz, the congressman was still unlikely to pull ahead.
It is my utmost desire to ensure that the votes of the people of South Texas be cast and counted and that no vote be left out. Therefore, weve begun putting together the documents necessary to request a recount, Ortiz wrote in a statement.
Reacting to announcement, Steve Ray, Farentholds political strategist, sent out a statement that read, Once again Solomon Ortiz has refused to listen to the people of District 27 who elected Blake Farenthold to Congress on November 2. Blake has already gone to work for the people of South Texas and is meeting with constituents on ways to jumpstart the economy and reduce the size of the federal government.
Ray said earlier in the day that Farenthold was expected to meet with supporters in Brownsville Friday evening.
Regardless of the pending recounts results, this years mid-term election marked a striking change in the politics of Texas 27th Congressional District, in which Ortiz won with 57.9 percent of the vote in 2008, 56.8 percent in 2006 and 63.1 percent in 2005.
While Election Night totals from the Texas Secretary of States website showed Ortiz with predictably large leads in Cameron and Willacy counties, results from the northern end of his district showed a clear Republican shift, said Anthony Knopp, University of Texas at Brownsville emeritus professor of history.
District 27 covers all or part of Nueces, Kenedy, Kleberg, San Patricio, Willacy and Cameron counties, including Brownsville and Corpus Christi.
The significant and dramatic change in this race was in the Corpus Christi area thats where the big difference seems to have occurred, Knopp said. A near-sweep from Republicans in Nueces County may have booted Ortiz out of his long-held seat, Knopp said, adding, It wasnt just a defeat for Ortiz, it was a Republican landslide up there.
Kirsten Gray, a spokeswoman for the Texas Democratic Party, cited the anti-incumbent fever that led to the broad Republican takeover of the U.S House this election, saying, We had a nationwide Republican tidal wave that a lot of Republicans just got to surf in on.
Michael Barajas is a reporter for The Valley Morning Star in Harlingen.
Here’s the link for the story posted above.
Bags or trunks or closets of votes have turned the tide for Democrats in Connecticut, Minnesota and WA state before. It’s a common Democrat tactic and these votes are always found by Democrat operatives. Amazing coincidences.
No matter where those votes, they will be sniffed out by the Democrat operatives.
Apologies if you’ve already seen the below article at RSZ.
“Dead break for Dems two days prior to election”
Another relevant post from RSZ:
If I lost by less than 800 votes I’d call for a recount, too, so that part doesn’t offend me. What does scare me a bit and what has me calling “bull-—t” on Ortiz is that he wants a “hand recount.” I’ve seen this movie before, and don’t want to see FL 2000 all over again. Of particular concern is the fact the when Gore asked for dimpled chads to be counted he based it on two precedents: the Dem primary in MA-10 in 1996 or so and an election in TX in which several counties had counted dimpled chads. If Ortiz grabs on to that TX precedent and succeeds in allowing Democrat county commissioners to use a subjective standard of determining “voter intent” (which is what counting dimpled chads is—if the chad didn’t break off it is just as likely that the voter changed his mind about voting for the candidate as that he meant to vote for him, but Democrats will err on the’side of giving votes to Ortiz and denying them to Farenthold), Ortiz could steal the election.
Republicans control every statewide office in Texas. They have the ability to watch the recount like a hawk.
To the extent that the recount is conducted by county commissions, that gives me little solace, since Cameron and Nueces Counties are both controlled by Democrats (at least as of today). I don’t think that the Secretary of State or whoever it is that certifies election results in TX would declare Farenthold the winner if Nueces and Cameron Counties “discover” enough votes for Ortiz to give him the lead.
Wrong, Republicans took over the County Judgeship in Nueces county in 2007 after the 2006 elections, and they took majority control of the county commission in 2009 after the 2008 elections. The Republican County Judge just got reelected with 62% of the vote on November 3. Judge Neal was such a strong candidate that the DemocRATS only fielded weak candidates for the office. The woman who got the DemocRAT nomination was in her early thirties and never has held elective office before. She also has four or five children all of them be different fathers, none of whom she married.
I was one of the recount workers in Nueces county that finished recounting the election yesterday. The recount result was "identical" to the canvass. We manually sorted (by precinct) and recounted all the paper absentee and emergency ballot that were counted by machine earlier. Not only was the overall count identical, but the precinct by precinct counts were the same.
It is heartening to hear that the GOP now controls the local government in Nueces County; hopefully Cameron County will follow suit soon. And thank you for giving up your free time to make sure that the recanvassing was honest.