GOP Federalism in Action: US Attorney Pressured To Assist GOP in State Election Contest

Republican "federalism":

Another prosecutor, John McKay of Seattle, said he received a call in late 2004 from Ed Cassidy, a former chief of staff to Representative Doc Hastings, Republican of Washington. At the time, Mr. McKay was weighing whether to convene a grand jury to investigate accusations of voter fraud in a close election for governor. He said Mr. Cassidy called to inquire about the status of the investigation. . . . In remarks after the hearings, McKay said that officials in the White House counsel's office, including then-counsel Harriet E. Miers, asked him to explain why he had "mishandled" the governor's race during an interview for a federal judgeship in September 2006.

It gets even better:

Timothy Griffin, Karl Rove’s assistant, the President’s pick as US Attorney for the Eastern District of Arkansas . . . was the hidden hand behind a scheme to wipe out the voting rights of 70,000 citizens prior to the 2004 election. Key voters on Griffin’s hit list: Black soldiers and homeless men and women. . . .

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    Is anyone surprised (5.00 / 4) (#1)
    by andgarden on Wed Mar 07, 2007 at 10:58:21 AM EST
    that judicial appointments are political in nature? Here's an idea: subpoena Harriet Miers.

    Gotta love that last line... (5.00 / 2) (#3)
    by Noor on Wed Mar 07, 2007 at 11:51:41 AM EST
    Key voters on Griffin's hit list: Black soldiers and homeless men and women.

    How's that Supporting Our Troops' VOTING RIGHTS thing going, Karl???  

    Would somebody just indict that jerk already?

    Not supporting Black soldiers ... (5.00 / 1) (#5)
    by Meteor Blades on Wed Mar 07, 2007 at 01:57:32 PM EST
    ...somehow doesn't qualify as a lack of patriotism.

    Adds credence to (5.00 / 1) (#4)
    by windy city atty on Wed Mar 07, 2007 at 01:42:30 PM EST
    This type of story adds credence to the alleged "conspiracy" theory's regarding Diebold and the vote counting mess.  I mean, if people were willing to pull stunts like this to avoid counting (democrat?) votes, why not just rig the machines themsleves?  

    You dont need to do it nationwide, just in key races or swing states where the election would be too close to call without a little cheating.  Like say ohio, with a corrupt Kennth Blackwell or say Florida, with a family member as governor and a thoroughly batty sec. of state.  These types could make sure the investigation afterward showed no signs of impropriety - in the meantime, Iraq, Afghanistan, disaster, death, poverty.  Repeat.  


    I had to delete a comment because (5.00 / 1) (#6)
    by Jeralyn on Wed Mar 07, 2007 at 02:27:58 PM EST
    the url wasn't in html format and it was so long it skewed the site. Please use the link box above for pasting in urls. Thanks very much.