Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Welcome to the Third World

The Washington Times reports today that the Democrat Party is demonstrating the people's support for the party and issues by obtaining criminals and drug addicts to hold signs and chant the chants. The FEC (Federal Election Committee) says there is nothing illegal in the practice. There does seem to be something just a little misleading about using and perhaps paying people to support positions in order bolster a weak position.

Josh Rales, a Democratic candidate for Maryland's U.S. Senate seat, paid a drug-treatment center in Baltimore to drive its recovering addicts to last week's debate in College Park, where they held signs supporting his campaign.

About 20 patients from the I Can't, We Can (ICWC) drug-treatment and counseling center in northwest Baltimore attended the debate, said Adrian Harpool, president of the 21st Century Group, a Baltimore public-relations firm hired by the Rales campaign to recruit volunteers.
Read the rest here.
At first glance this may appear as politics as usual. Until very recently, hiring of demonstrators was a practice unheard of since the 1920's when the practice was common among all parties. The logical next step is paying for votes. Another former common practice abandoned long ago.

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Mike H. said...

I actually don't have a problem with them going out and doing the signs. It would only bother me if they were misrepresented as teachers or something like that by the press. If they're really recovering then they have a right to go where ever they want to help. As I understand it they were at a rally and not at a voting station.

I think that if we want to get outraged about something, there are plenty of real problems out there. Like who died and made Wesley Clark an expert?

Skye said...

The next step beyong paying for votes is the recruiting of the 'dead vote'..

A common practice in the City of Brotherly Love.

Indigo Red said...

Ahhhh, the dead vote! I'd forgotten the dead vote. The dead vote is a time honored tradition in Philly and Chitown. The dead arn't paid for their votes though.