Protecting Our God Given Right To Threaten Elected Officials

By Jesse Taylor
Tuesday, October 21, 2008 22:05 EDT
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Ever since Ohio Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner (who’s one of the nicest people I’ve ever met, by the way) decided that the rights of voters trumped the right of the GOP to not have people vote against it, she’s been under fire for her decision. It’s certainly a sea change – back in 2004, Ken Blackwell’s only question when the GOP demanded voter obstruction was if they’d like a 2 for 1 special. I knew that her office had it bad, but I had no idea it was getting so bad that she and her family are experiencing threats of harm and death. The statement from Governor Strickland:

“I am deeply troubled by the news that Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner and her family have been subjected to repeated serious threats. This sort of behavior simply has no place in a healthy democracy. I know we can all agree that, regardless of which party we belong to or which candidates we support, threatening our public officials or their family members with physical harm has no place in Ohio or America. I admire the steady resolve of Secretary Brunner and her partners at the local bipartisan boards of elections as they continue to prepare for this historic election, and I wish them well as they work to ensure that our elections are administered fairly.”

The SOS site’s been under constant attack for days now, and packages with mysterious powder are being sent to her office. In case you needed the hierarchy of threats to our country in the mind of the GOP fringe, someone voting twice is officially worse than threatening the murder of those who run the elections in which some random person may vote twice.


Jesse Taylor
Jesse Taylor
Jesse Taylor is an attorney and blogger from the great state of Ohio. He founded Pandagon in July, 2002, and has also served on the campaign and in the administration of former Ohio Governor Ted Strickland. He focuses on politics, race, law and pop culture, as well as the odd personal digression when the mood strikes.
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