For John, BLUF: A Democratic Party State Rep felt he had to commit Voter Fraud to regain election. Nothing to see here; just move along.
I have been told time and time again that "voter fraud" is a myth perpetuated by Republicans on an innocent population.
Thus, I am very perplexed about why the FBI and the Federal Attorney for our area went after poor Mr Stephen Smith, of Everett, Massachusetts, Representative of the 28th Middlesex District (Lower House), here in Massachusetts. They apparently bullied him into a plea agreement that calls for him to resign his position in the Massachusetts House of Representatives, effective January 1, 2013. Further, he will be bared from seeking elected office for a period of five years.
Per the FBI Web Posting, U.S. Attorney Carmen Milagros Ortiz said,
Fair and free elections are the foundation that this great nation was built upon. Our electoral system is unrivaled, and it is egregious that an elected member of our Commonwealth would rob his constituents of a fair and honest election. I want the voters of Massachusetts to know that we will continue to root out public corruption and restore confidence in our state’s political system.And, Assistant Attorney General (Criminal Division) Lanny Breuer commented:
Rep. Smith compromised the legitimacy of his races for public office by facilitating the casting of invalid ballots for ineligible and unaware voters. In doing so, he undermined the democratic process in Massachusetts and violated the public’s trust.Did you have to ask? Mr Smith is a member of the Party of Woodrow Wilson.
Regards — Cliff