GI Votes to Be
Counted After All?
FrisaPressure is mounting on the Gore campaign
following its organized, purposeful and deliberate effort to disenfranchise
the absentee ballots of some 1,000 members of the armed forces serving
overseas, in what amounted to Gore
Telling Our GIs To Drop Dead.
Florida Attorney General Robert Butterworth late today issued a ruling to
each local election board that each military ballot should be counted. This is
a complete turnaround for the Democrat, a Gore Presidential Elector and State
Chairman of the Gore campaign, who had, earlier in the process, improperly
injected himself by issuing an official opinion - outside of his
constitutional authority - encouraging hand recounts in the four Democrat
The national public outrage has obviously had an affect on Butterworth, who
has all of a sudden gotten "religion" on the issue. Of course as a statewide
elected official, he no doubt had several sleepless days laced with horrific
nightmares ending in his political demise.
The problem began last week when Gore lawyer Mark Herron, paid by the
Democrat National Committee, sent a five-page memo to Democrat lawyers
throughout Florida, including erroneous instructions regarding postmark
requirements, to disqualify as many military votes as possible as ballots from
overseas were tallied in all 67 counties on Friday. Gore lawyers were sent to
each location for the express purpose of mounting these objections.
Election law does not require a postmark for military ballots, only a date
and signature, in direct contrast to the Gore-supported memo. This incorrect
and improper misinterpretation of the law was the basis for successfully
challenging, thus far, at least 1,000 military ballots.
Over the weekend, public outrage exploded at this disgraceful political
move by the Gore campaign.
General Norman Schwarzkopf issued a statement on Saturday condemning this
tragedy and the national presidents of both the Veterans of Foreign Wars and
American Legion expressed similar sentiments on behalf of their organizations
Oddly misinformed himself, Gore vice presidential running mate Sen. Joseph
Lieberman professed ignorance of the situation and amazingly refused to call
for the inclusion of the military votes, by cowardly putting blame on local
His recalcitrance intensified, even when confronted on each of the Sunday
morning talk shows yesterday about the obvious double standard such a position
demonstrated, given the campaign’s rhetoric promoting the counting of all
potential votes in recounts in three Democrat counties.
This sorry display by Lieberman only served to stoke the fires of public
outrage, while protests were held in some two dozen cities over the weekend.
Today, even Florida Democrats have begun to publicly question this
misguided and underhanded Gore effort. Both Sen. Bob Graham and State Attorney
General Bob Butterworth issued statements questioning the wisdom of this
disgraceful tactic attempted by team Gore.
Keep a close eye on this explosive issue, separate and apart from the
proceedings before the Florida Supreme Court today, as this is a major public
concern which won’t be forgotten and won’t go away.
In fact this, more than any other of the host of Al Gore’s reprehensibile
tactics, has already come to symbolize the appalling lack of ethics and morals
he demonstrates on every issue he touches and in everything he does.