Presumably because of the investigations into various scandals, Tom DeLay has announced he will not seek re-election to Congress. If DeLay ends up in Texas, that will provide yet another reason not to visit the state. It’s more likely that he will end up in a position of greater polical power, though: Lobbying on the Hill.
This could have been avoided had DeLay lived in California, though. His re-election efforts wouldn’t have been hampered so much by the taint of scandal, as he could simplyin his efforts to win:
More than 100 Orange County residents who thought they were simply signing petitions to cure breast cancer, punish child molesters or build schools were duped into registering as Republicans, an Orange County Register investigation found.
The ruse took place over several days in December and January at shopping centers throughout Anaheim, Santa Ana, Buena Park, Westminster and Garden Grove, where paid petitioners begged, cajoled, lied and committed forgery, to get so-called Republican converts. Petition circulators were paid as much as $7 for each GOP registration.
Orange County election officials have received complaints from 167 people who were flipped to the Republican Party without their permission. The Register found the problem was far wider, interviewing 112 others who were not only switched, they were tricked and deceived. Among the victims is a lifelong Democrat who was pressured to fill out forms even though she didn’t have her glasses and couldn’t see what she was signing.
The Register traced the bogus registrations to Christopher Scott Dinoff, who took out 13,000 blank affidavit cards from the Orange County Registrar of Voters office, records show. Each affidavit is numbered, linking Dinoff to the doctored cards.
Dinoff, who was fired from the Orange County Republican registration drive, declined to comment. It is unlikely that he acted alone since professional petition-circulators such as Dinoff usually hire other people to help harvest signatures.
“I think they need to be punished,”said Ericka Lopez, of Anaheim, who said she was unwillingly switched from Libertarian to Republican in January. “We were deceived.”
All in all, it’s politics as normal across the country today. Now I’ve got to check out of my hotel and head towards the electronic cattle chutes.