Minnesota Secretary of State Mark Ritchie, who orchestrated the recount that gave Democratic challenger Al Franken a lead some six weeks after incumbent GOP Sen. Norm Coleman appeared to win by 725 votes on Election Day, has extensive ties to both the ACORN organization now under federal investigation for vote fraud, and to MoveOn.org ultra-liberal kingmaker George Soros.
In 2006, ACORN endorsed Ritchie in his bid to become secretary of state, and Ritchie also received a campaign contribution that year from Soros.
Indeed, Ritchie has credited his own political career in large part to an obscure, Soros-funded group called the Secretary of State Project (SoS), whose express purpose is to seed state election bureaucracies nationwide with partisan activists — Ritchie among them — who are strategically positioned to influence the outcome of close recounts like the one now underway in Minnesota.
While most bemused onlookers were predicting a recount win for Coleman, the always prescient Miss Ann Coulter was correctly reporting that the election was being stolen right before our eyes; here, here,
The vote-theft most like Minnesota this year was the infamous 2004 gubernatorial election in Washington State. The Republican won the race on election night, but ballots favoring the Democrat kept being “discovered” until the Democrat finally eked out a majority. At that point, the recount was immediately halted and the Democrat declared the victor.
You would have to go back to Reconstruction to find an election that was stolen by the Republicans this way, but it’s all in a day’s work for the Democrats.
That’s why they were so testy about the 2000 Florida election. It was the one time in the last century Republicans wouldn’t let Democrats steal an election they lost by less than a thousand votes.
No matter how many times Democrats steal elections, Republicans keep thinking the next time will be different. Minnesota is famously clean, isn’t it? It must different. It’s not different. It’s still the Democrats.
Previously at Nice Deb:
How much more of this crap are Republicans going to take?
See Minnesota Democrats Exposed for all the latest on the Franken vote grabs.
The Coleman Camp remains optimistic:
“As we said this morning, and we’ve said previously, Al Franken’s ‘lead’ is artificial and this process is still a long way from being complete. The fact that over 100 votes have been double-counted, overwhelmingly benefitting Al Franken, simply underscores the fact that their lead is not real. Along with seeking a remedy to that problem tomorrow at the Supreme Court, there are still over a thousand rejected absentee ballots that remain outstanding. So while the Secretary Of State’s spreadsheet shows an artificial lead for the Franken campaign, it is based on votes that do not exist — in essence votes that have been counted twice. Additionally, we are still reconciling our numbers with the spreadsheet and we have already identified some discrepancies. We have no doubt that when these issues are properly resolved, Senator Coleman will be re-elected to the Senate.”
We firmly believe that if this reconciliation is done correctly, without some votes being counted twice and that the “fifth pile” ballots are handled properly, then we will maintain our lead when everything is said and done.
You can donate to the Stop Al Franken From Stealing the Election Fund, here.
UPDATE (Dec. 24):