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.
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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