The Democratic Party has released a one-minute ad accusing a Republican candidate for Congress and former Karl Rove aide of being “the architect of a voter suppression scheme.”
Tim Griffin, who worked as an aide for Karl Rove during the Bush administration before becoming a US Attorney, is running for Congress in Arkansas’ 2nd district. An ad released by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee says Griffin was behind a “voter caging” effort, despite Griffin’s claims to the contrary.
The video shows an email, obtained by investigative journalist Greg Palast in 2007, showing Griffin receiving and replying to issues involving voter caging. According to the DCCC, Griffin responded “Thank you, perfect” to one of the emails.
The video begins with audio of Griffin denying knowledge of voter caging schemes. “Obviously I’ve seen the Internet stuff about caging. … The allegations that are on the Internet … are completely and absolutely false.”
“Tim ‘Dirty Tricks’ Griffin says the allegations are ‘absolutely false’? Too bad he put it in writing,” the Democratic ad states.
Voter caging involves efforts to challenge voters’ legal status in order to prevent them from voting. A voter caging effort would typically involve identifying registered voters who are likely to vote against the candidate you support, then challenging them on the registration information they provide, such as current address.
The allegations against Griffin first surfaced in 2007. Griffin had spent several years as an adviser to Karl Rove in the Bush White House, before taking a position as an “interim” US Attorney for the Eastern District for Arkansas. In Congressional hearings held in 2007, it was alleged that Rove had pressured the Justice Department into appointing his former aide to the job. Griffin resigned from the US Attorney’s office shortly after the hearings.
Griffin never had to face confirmation hearings in Congress, because a change to the law, made in the PATRIOT Act, allowed the president to keep an “interim” attorney on staff indefinitely, without confirmation.
During the 2000 election, Griffin was a legal advisor to the Bush-Cheney Florida Recount Team.
With House Rep. Vic Snyder’s (D-AK) announcement he won’t run for re-election, the 2nd congressional district in Arkansas is up for grabs. A poll conducted for FireDogLake last month, shortly before Snyder’s announcement, found Griffin with a solid lead, 56 percent to 39 percent, over the Democratic incumbent.
The following video was uploaded to YouTube by the DCCC on Jan. 31, 2010.
Convicted Cardinal Pell’s fate hangs on appeal
An Australian court will rule on George Pell's appeal against child sex abuse charges Wednesday, when the convicted cardinal could walk free or begin a new round in his protracted legal fight.
Once the Vatican's third-ranking official, 78-year-old Pell was sentenced this year to six years in jail for sexually assaulting two 13-year-old choirboys at a Melbourne cathedral in the 1990s.
After more than two months of deliberations, a three-judge appeals panel will hand down their decision.
Pell is the most senior Catholic convicted of child sex abuse, making his case and Wednesday's ruling a touchstone moment for believers and victims groups around the world.
Trump-worshipping artist unveils insanely disturbing new painting — and the internet is having a field day
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The new painting, which is titled "The Masterpiece," features President Donald Trump sitting at an easel and preparing to unveil a painting of his own.
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The Republican Party is going to need every dime it is raising to re-elect President Donald Trump because if the election was held today, he'd lose.
Jason Johnson, editor of "The Root," explained during an MSNBC panel discussion Tuesday that things aren't looking good for the president's numbers. Since 2016, Trump has lost three points with men, 19 percentage points with women, 19 with white Americans without a college degree and 23 percent with Independent voters. That's the ball game.
In 2016, Trump won Wisconsin by 0.77 percent; he won Michigan by 0.23 percent and 0.72 percent in Pennsylvania. As Johnson explained, there's nothing that the national Republican Party and the Trump campaign can do to win except hope a foreign government hacks the election.