Friday, September 28, 2012

Gimleteye: the only way Republicans can win in Florida is to steal elections?

Again and again, EOM has written that voter suppression and a 10-1 advantage in superPAC money is the planned GOP path to victory in November.

Today, we learn that the Florida GOP is back-peddling at full speed from revelations concerning one of its top election consultants, run by long-time operative Nathan Sproul. NBC reports, "Election officials in six Florida counties are investigating what appears to be "hundreds" of cases of suspected voter fraud by a GOP consulting firm that has been paid nearly $3 million by the Republican National Committee to register Republican voters in five key battleground states."

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

Relax it's just the Republican version of ACORN. They tried to even the playing field.

Anonymous said...


http://www.heraldtribune.com/article/20120928/ARCHIVES/209281018/-1/todayspaper?Title=Note-to-Readers

Last Modified: Thursday, September 27, 2012 at 7:08 p.m.

The Herald-Tribune believes in giving a wide berth to political speech from all points of view. The newspaper believes a robust clash of ideas contributes to democracy and an enlightened public.

This holds true in political advertisements as well as in the news and editorial columns.

All the same, we have guidelines that are intended to assure that things stay within the bounds of accuracy and fair play.

Last Sunday, the Herald-Tribune published a political ad opposed to President Obama's re-election. The organization placing the ad was certainly well within its rights to hold the views expressed. Upon reflection, however, we concluded that the ad's allegations did not meet the standards we want to uphold, and should not have appeared in our pages.

This particular ad was aimed at the Democratic Party nominee, but it doesn't matter what political party is involved. The Herald-Tribune's policy is the same.

As a result of the publication, the Herald-Tribune this week printed a Note to Readers, in which we apologized for running the ad in the first place. We acknowledged a failure of our internal vetting system, which permitted the ad to appear. And we committed to reviewing and re-emphasizing our standards so that it won't happen again, no matter what political party.

The situation has attracted media attention, as is inevitable when a media outlet itself is involved, and led as well to a polite demonstration yesterday outside the Herald-Tribune's Main Street office in Sarasota. Our response has been consistent throughout: that we apologize for publishing a political ad that didn't meet our standards, and that we are committed to assuring our guidelines for fairness and accuracy are upheld in the future. We wish to reiterate that stand for those who have heard it before, and to explain to others who might not yet be aware.

-- Allen Parsons, Interim Publisher

Anonymous said...

Good for the Sarasota Herald Tribune. I'm a Republican but the GOP has just gone so far off the rails ... this is NMP (NOT MY PARTY).

David said...

I am a Republican, but any hint of voter suppression of fraud is antithetical to our democratic republic and makes me angry. At the same time I must ask: What is more discriminatory and racist; requiring a picture ID to vote, or taking it for granted that white people are more capable of procuring them than anyone else?

Anonymous said...

Voter suppression: a proud conservative tradition since 1869.

Anonymous said...

What is more discriminatory and racist; requiring a picture ID to vote, or taking it for granted that white people are more capable of procuring them than anyone else?

If it were only black people being disenfranchised, you'd have a point. But this extends to students, the elderly, veterans, and others, so your attempt at painting this as strictly a racial issue is wildly off the mark. I only have to conclude you knew of these others also being disenfranchised, but you wanted to dishonestly frame this as strictly a racial issue, because you have a dishonest intellect. Good luck with that.

Eric said...

"Today, we learn that the Florida GOP is back-peddling at full speed..."

The correct term is back-pedaling - even though they are trying to sell us a load of crap.