Dem congressman’s chief staffers busted in voter fraud scheme

Top staffers of U.S. Rep. Joe Garcia of Miami Beach have been implicated in an elaborate and massive voter fraud scheme that reportedly occurred during the 2012 primary election. Garcia is a Democrat.

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Rep. Joe Garcia — clueless. Photo credit: www.voxxi.com

Jeffery Garcia, the congressman’s chief of staff allegedly participated in a “sophisticated scheme to manipulate last year’s primary elections by submitting hundreds of fraudulent absentee-ballot requests,” the Miami Herald reported.

The chief of staff, who is not related to the congressman, also worked on the campaign of Rep. Patrick Murphy, another Democrat who narrowly defeated incumbent Allen West last year in a controversial election.

“I’m shocked and disappointed about this,” said Garcia, who added he was unaware of the scheme. “This is something that hit me from left field. Until today, I had no earthly idea this was going on.”

Also implicated were Giancarlo Sopo, the congressman’s communications director; and John Estes, his 2012 campaign manager.

The fraud, as it turns out, was never completed as election computers caught the scheme and threw up a red flag. Florida is a state requiring photo ID to cast a ballot in an election.

Garcia asked his “staff to fully cooperate with any investigation.”

He added, “I believe that while this was an ill-conceived effort, it was meant to expand voter access.”

That’s the scary part — it was meant to expand voter access. My question is, to whom was it meant to expand access? Dead people? felons? Out-of-state residents? Undocumented immigrants?

And that is a fundamental difference between Democrats and the GOP. Democrats would have anyone — with or without a heartbeat — cast a ballot. Republicans jealously cherish that right, so much so that they don’t want their vote diluted by those who have neither business nor right to cast a ballot.

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  • KB Cook

    look what expanding voter access has done to Chicago for decatdes and to the WHOLE darn state of Minnesota in the past decade (aka the Freaky Franken debaucle)! We need a RELIABLE and ENFORCED system of voter ID in America, unfortunately

    • Allenhip

      GOP Voter Fraud Accusations Suddenly Blowing Up In Their Faces

      Then combine this story with other voter suppression legislation across the country, and you have a real documented nightmare story.

      • uselogic

        Nice try, troll. You're not welcome here.

  • http://facebook.com Ron Gilbert

    These stories keep coming out one after the other and they are completely vindicating what Conservatives have been saying about Democrats and their lying cheating ways with voter id laws. Democrats have been trying to pull the race card when Conservatives have been making issue of a need for voter id in order to quell voter fraud yet Democrats have been trying to say that this will only keep people from voting that have a right to vote. The low information voter bought this ploy from the Dems hook line and sinker when it was always about Dems protecting their secret in voter fraud. And by the way, they are not "Undocumented immigrants". THEY ARE ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS no matter what to PC thing to say is. It is illegal to enter this country without going through the proper channels ergo they are ILLEGAL.

  • Larry Germain

    Yes and the only ones who are paying attention to it are the same ones responding. The vast majority who either do not vote, or pay no mind to voter fraud. To them it's like OK it goes on but only a few votes so it never changes an outcome. To them it's like peeing into the ocean it will not change anything.

    • Kenneth Clark

      The ocean is changing color. To much has been overlooked in the realm of our voting rights. Our rights have been "peed on" so long that it has almost become a situation where people do not exercise their right because of this. We need voter ID. We may not be able to eradicate the fraud, but we can darn well bring back the integrity of voting. Every one who has participated in voter fraud including the officials whom were declared winners in these and all elections should be imprisoned.

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  • Doug Hanks

    Thank you for that last neutral paragraph which assures us that all Republicans are kissed by the lips of God while all Democrats dance with the Devil.

    • Rob

      Sometimes the truth does sting a bit doesn't it?

      • uselogic

        It's a Republican/Conservative site, dougie. Frankly, your kind is closer to the devil's spawn.

        • Doug Hanks

          Does that mean dissenting opinion is not allowed or would you prefer to be wrapped in a non-thinking cocoon?

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  • cs

    To expand voter acess to dead, illegal, felons,any unqualified voter? What a bunch of dirt bags,throw the book at them!No wonder the Dems are so against having to show ID when they vote,its harder to commit fraud when they try to vote muliple times!