Stealing Democracy

They're Republicans. We shouldn't expect them to actually want the democratic process to work. They'd much rather be able to buy the votes they need to stay in power with all that K-Street money and the PAC contributions from the big oil companies and Phrma.

Robin Hayes' attempt to subvert the democratic process by denying valid votes should come as no surprise. As a congressman he has consistently denied the will of his constituency. Why would we expect him to honor their right to cast a vote?

The Charlotte Observer reported yesterday that Robin Hayes was challenging the majority of provisional ballots that traditionally have been accepted as valid. As the provisional ballots have been counted and Larry Kissell edges closer to victory more of the story of Robin Hayes' hypocrisy has come to light.

In a press release from the NCDP we find out this morsel:

Robin Hayes’ opposition to counting valid votes goes back at least as far as the 2000 Florida recount for Bush/Gore. A Charlotte Observer story when the Florida Supreme Court ordered a statewide recount confirms Hayes’ disregard for the will of voters.

Robin Hayes in 2000: "Hayes has little sympathy for those who cast the disputed ballots the court ordered recounted. Most were punch cards whose presidential votes machines could not read. ‘We vote with the same machines in Cabarrus County that they use in Florida,’ he said. ‘Somebody ought to send the IRS down to these counties, because if they can't punch out a ballot, they sure can't fill out an IRS form.’” [Charlotte Observer, 12/9/2000]

How nice. Class act there, Robin. You get your rocks off making fun of voters, do you?

Obviously, the nut doesn't fall far from the tree. Hayes' press secretary, Carolyn Hern thinks ridiculing Larry for protecting the democratic process is called for, as evidenced in this quote from The Fayetteville Observer via NCDP:

Robin Hayes’ spokeswoman Carolyn Hern today: “Is [Kissell] trying to find hanging chads?"

It sounds outrageous and bizarre, but Robin Hayes and his spokesperson Carolyn Hern do not want Americans to have their votes counted and they ridicule the man who does.

Update from a friend: Note the interesting GOP math in the story in the Fayetteville Observer. Interesting Republican math - Hayes challenged 294 of 281 ballots in one of the few counties he actually won in the election and was expected to win in provisionals. Kissell netted 18 votes in his column instead. Over 1,000 provisionals left as gap closes under 450.


The Fayetteville Observer keeps changing their story

I did not link to it for this reason. Each time they update it they remove information.

Robin Hayes lied. Nobody died, but thousands of folks lost their jobs.

Vote Democratic! The ass you save may be your own.

Corporate press rule number gazillion and one:

When it's a democrat challenging the vote count, they're lameass whiners. When a Republican files a lawsuit, it's a clever campaign tactic.
“All the world's a stage,
And all the men and women merely players.”
So enjoy the Drama.

New Message from Larry - Thursday Nov 16th

Thursday, November 16, 2006
A message from Larry...

"After ten days of speculation, election officials in each county in the district will finally begin counting the provisional ballots on Friday. This is all I've ever asked for, to count all the votes.

In the past ten days I've come to the conclusion that once all the provisional ballots are counted, that this race will still be very close. While I'm hopeful that we will do well among the uncounted provisional ballots, I am prepared to request a hand-eye recount.

The reason for this is simple. We know that many of the ballot counting machines did not pick up all votes marked on ballots.

We've seen numerous cases of voters "checking" or "X'ing" their optical scan ballots instead of "bubbling-in" as the ballot instructions direct. As such, many of these marks show clear voter intent, but may not have been registered in the vote totals.

A hand-eye recount will settle this once and for all and ensure that every vote is counted accurately.

I will stand by the results of a hand-eye recount assuming Hayes' campaign resists the temptation to use legal maneuvers to subvert the will of every registered voter who showed up to vote on Election Day.

I appreciate all the prayers, thoughts and open displays of support for me during this time. It shows me that this campaign is more than a race for Congress. This remains a movement to take our country back from the Washington politicians and special interests."

I love this guy.

Clear, honest, straightforward and focused.

Come on, Flipper, you know you don't hold a candle to Larry Kissell. Just do us all a favor and put NC-8 out of your misery.

I couldn't sleep tonight...

And came here looking for good news.

This is it. I'm glad Larry's going to fight all the way. I still believe we'll see a blue NC-08.

"Be the change you wish to see in the world." - Ghandi

What he said,

... this campaign is more than a race for Congress. This remains a movement to take our country back from the Washington politicians and special interests.

Sending many prayers and good thoughts your way, Larry Kissell. Keep the faith!

"They took all the trees and put them in a tree museum Then they charged the people a dollar 'n a half just to see 'em. Don't it always seem to go that you don't know what you've got till it's gone? They paved paradise and put up a parking lot."

NC-08 now 300 spread

Robert C. (Robin) Hayes REP 60,727
Larry Kissell DEM 60,367

updated 3.01pm

It's still 400. Not looking good.

Robert C. (Robin) Hayes REP 60,855
Larry Kissell DEM 60,453

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.

Just saw that