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Just when we thought all we had to worry about was voter caging in Ohio, which is still of major concern, now we can add Michigan to the list, thanks to the GOP. A lawsuit was filed on Tuesday– to challenge an attempt by the Macomb Co. Republicans— to keep people who are facing foreclosure from voting.
The lawsuit was filed in federal district court in Detroit by Obama for America, the Democratic National Committee and several Mccomb County voters. It asks for an injunction prohibiting the Macomb County GOP, the Michigan Republican Party and the Republican National Committee from challenging Michigan voters whose homes are on foreclosure lists.
Now, the Michigan GOP is demanding a retraction by the Michigan Messenger for a story they published called “Lose your house, lose your vote“.
In the article, Macomb County Republican Party chairman James Carabelli was quoted as saying, “We will have a list of foreclosed homes and will make sure people aren’t voting from those addresses.” Carabelli contends the quotes as reported by Eartha Jane Melzer were “fabricated.” State Republican chairman Saul Anuzis charges the story is a “complete fabrication.”
Melzer accurately reported the quotes and the Michigan Messenger will not have the story retracted because the claims made by Carabelli’s and Anuzis’ are false.
It is worth noting that Carabelli and Anuzis have yet to send the demand for a retraction to Melzer, the Messenger’s editors or the Center for Independent Media. To make such a far-fetched charge to other media outlets but not to us suggests that their motivation may be more political than factual.
We are not partisans of the Democratic Party, as alleged in the press release. Case in point: When Gov. Jennifer Granholm, a liberal Democrat, arranged tax breaks for Sovereign Deed, our coverage was critical. As a nonprofit, nonpartisan news organization, we do not favor any party. We favor accountability.
Now to get to the interesting part–about why the Republicans will use foreclosure lists to block voters, is a cheap and effective strategy. Michigan Messenger interviewed Republican activist Allen Raymond, who by the way has a book out called “Confessions of a Republican Operative: How to Rig an Election”, in which he talks about his life and work. Raymond explains to Melzer about the key part to a November victory is holding down Democratic turnout.
Raymond knows about Republican campaign tactics. For almost a decade he managed campaigns for Republicans running for state and national office. In the 2002 New Hampshire elections, he ran a phone-jamming operation aimed at blocking elderly people from arranging rides to the polls, an illegal action that he says was approved by the highest levels of the party. He spent three months in federal prison.