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Maryland Dems purge candidate at center of voter fraud allegations

By Stephen C. Webster
Tuesday, September 11, 2012 15:27 EDT
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Former Democratic congressional candidate Wendy Rosen. Photo: Facebook.
 
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The Maryland Democratic Party purged a congressional candidate this week, claiming she committed voter fraud in 2006 and 2008 and calling for an investigation.

Wendy Rosen, a Democrat who was until Monday set to challenge Rep. Andy Harris (R-MD), quit the campaign on Monday after being confronted with the allegations. The Maryland Democratic Party explained that records indicate she voted in both Maryland and Florida in 2006 and 2008 — alleging, in effect, that she’s committed voter fraud.

Rosen apologized to friends and supporters in a Monday note published to her Facebook page that was cross-posted to Twitter, but that note appeared to have been deleted by Tuesday afternoon. Her name will still appear on the ballot, but Democrats said they would select a write-in candidate to challenge her and Harris, even though Harris is favored to win.

“Any effort to corrupt or misuse the electoral process is reprehensible, wrong and must not be tolerated,” the state party’s chair explained in prepared text.

The purge couldn’t come at a worse time for Democrats, who are fighting voter identification laws in states like Pennsylvania, Florida and Wisconsin, where crucial contests may come down to a razor thin margin of victory. Republicans say that voter ID laws, the likes of which 14 states have adopted, will help prevent voter fraud, although voter fraud is incredibly rare.

Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster is the senior editor of Raw Story, and is based out of Austin, Texas. He previously worked as the associate editor of The Lone Star Iconoclast in Crawford, Texas, where he covered state politics and the peace movement’s resurgence at the start of the Iraq war. Webster has also contributed to publications such as True/Slant, Austin Monthly, The Dallas Business Journal, The Dallas Morning News, Fort Worth Weekly, The News Connection and others. Follow him on Twitter at @StephenCWebster.
 
 
 
 
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