Pat McCrory’s hometown newspaper is out with its latest scathing take on the actions of the man it once endorsed for governor. As the Charlotte Observer notes this morning, if there’s are threats to election integrity in our state, it’s McCrory who is the most visible and dangerous. After the lauding the state elections board for being mostly prudent in handling of election challenges thus far, it puts it this way:
If only we saw the same coming from the governor’s campaign and its supporters.
Instead, McCrory’s campaign – led by spokesman Ricky Diaz – seemed intent last week on creating the impression that the election has been tainted by widespread voter fraud. “With each passing day, we discover more and more cases of voting fraud and irregularities,” Diaz said in a statement last week. He neglected to mention the Republican-led election boards that have rejected McCrory’s protests in several counties thus far.
McCrory campaign manager Russell Peck went even further, saying that “We may also have uncovered the real reason Roy Cooper fought so hard against efforts to prevent voter fraud as attorney general.” Peck, of course, had no evidence to back up such a charge.
On Sunday, state budget director Andrew Heath tried a different approach, suggesting on Twitter that something sinister might be happening in Durham County: “Heard that Durham Co, US Census, & NCSBE #s show Durham 18+ pop= 231k but Durham registered voters= 232k. Can someone explain?”
People quickly did, clarifying Heath’s numbers, but it’s troubling that a state budget director wouldn’t do his own research before making such an incendiary public statement.
Even Republican State Board of Elections member Rhonda Amoroso got in on the eyebrow-raising Sunday. “To me, it appears, and it may appear to folks in the public that we have a systemic issue of voter fraud,” she said.
Perhaps Amoroso, along with the McCrory campaign, can help clear things up by answering these two questions: How many cases of actual, intentional voter fraud have been documented thus far? How many total votes would be affected by the election protests that are still to be investigated?
Thus far, neither number approaches Cooper’s lead in the race….
We also expect the General Assembly to resist meddling in this election. Because up to this point, the biggest threat to the intregity of the governor’s race – and to the credibility of democracy in North Carolina – is the campaign that’s losing.”
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