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John Kerry Revives 2004 Election Allegations

by Pamela Leavey

John Kerry is turning up the heat with some allegations of election improprieties by the Ohio Republican who oversaw the deciding vote in 2004 — Ken Blackwell.

In his latest fundraising effort for fellow Democrats, an e-mail will be sent on Tuesday to 100,000 Democratic donors asking them to support U.S. Rep. Ted Strickland for governor of Ohio.

The bulk of the e-mail criticizes Strickland’s opponent, GOP Secretary of State Ken Blackwell, for his dual role in 2004 as President Bush’s honorary Ohio campaign co-chairman and the state’s top election official.

“He used the power of his state office to try to intimidate Ohioans and suppress the Democratic vote,” said Kerry’s e-mail.

Kerry’s e-mail says Ken Blackwell “used his office to abuse our democracy and threaten basic voting rights.”

Multiple lawsuits by outside groups were unsuccessful in challenging Ohio’s 2004 election. One case filed by the League of Women Voters is still in U.S. District Court in Toledo. It claims Ohio’s election system discriminates against minority voters.

As reported here earlier, the latest poll from Rasmussen Reports shows Strickland leads Blackwell by an “intimidating 57% to 32%.

RELATED POST: John Kerry: Ken Blackwell Has Used his Office to Abuse our Democracy

8 Responses to “John Kerry Revives 2004 Election Allegations”

  1. Let the “too little, too late” “didn’t fight in 04” fireworks begin. 🙁

  2. Indie,

    “Multiple lawsuits by outside groups were unsuccessful in challenging Ohio’s 2004 election.”

    You can whine all you want about this – it doesn’t change the facts.

    Kerry knew there wasn’t a viable legal case.

    He knew there were too many other battles that needed to be fought – and spent his time and energy on them.

  3. Indie

    Even now, with more evidence then there was in ’04 right after the election, it’s still hard to make a case.

  4. Ginny, Indie was simply correctly indicating that the usual suspects would start parroting that again as they always do, she wasn’t.

  5. Dave from Princeton

    If you read the email, it’s clear the AP reporter took it out of context. The email is all about Blackwell being scum and everyone knows that. It doesn’t really matter what we say to some people they will continue with the too little rhetoric and not hear the truth. On the flip side, blaming people who are fighting for reform and calling them conspiracy theorists doesn’t help the issue either. There’s evidence that we may never be able to prove on the ’04 election and it sucks. Just my 2 cents.

  6. Indie,

    I think my brain is on overload. Sorry I misread that.

  7. Pamela,

    Yep, I totally agree on all points.

    The AP reporter is the usual MSM hack who used GOP talking points to attack JK for his email, which they spin out of context. The MSM and GOP both do love their straw men…

    I also agree about the “too little too late” parroting JK hating liberals. As Indie was warning would begin as well, since she knows they always do.

    I also agree about not attacking those fighting for reform and fair and verified voting. It is extremely important, for numerous reasons.

  8. Dave from Princeton

    The AP article was snarky. No doubt the PAC let it out about the email and it got the righties in a tizzy because Blackwell is so low in the polls. I read all the comments on DU and elsewhere, I’ve seen far worse and far more. I hope the email brought in mega bucks for Strickland!