8:19 pm Apr. 9, 20121
Conservative prankster James O'Keefe released an edited video today showing an election worker in Washington offering a young white man with a beard a ballot for Eric Holder, the U.S. attorney general who recently downplayed the notion that voter fraud was a problem.
An unnamed Department of Justice spokesman told Talking Points Memo the video was probably "manufactured."
The video is likely to spark another round of debates on the issue of state-level voter ID laws, which was the idea. The next phase in a story like this is to track down the election worker seen in the video telling "Holder" he doesn't need ID in order to vote. Who is he? How long has he been doing this? Does he now think there needs to be stronger ID requirements at the voting booth?
The Times editorial board weighed in on this last October, saying, "There is almost no voting fraud in America" except in "the most isolated cases."
Hillary Clinton isn't going to the convention. [David Jackson]
Jeffrey Gottlieb's campaign aide said he's not sure if the candidate helped gather petitions for Grace Meng before he himself jumped into the race. [Celeste Katz]
"I am disappointed in Grace's campaign," Lancman said. [Joe Anuta]
"[T]he Queens Democratic Organization has nothing to do with the candidacy of Mr. Gottlieb." [Matthew Hampton]
"Jewish New Yorkers have another reason to be repulsed by the Democratic Party," said a spokesman for the Republican candidate. [Colin Campbell]
A local blogger believes Gottlieb is a credible candidate worth consideration. [Queens-Politics]
Maloney has $310,000 on hand. [Nick Reisman]
A judge ordered the city to release a report, and said mockingly that his ruling was "just a draft. I can't reveal it." [Josh Margolin]
"The judge compared the city's privacy claim to President Richard Nixon's claims of executive privilege during the Watergate scandal." [Associated Press]
Bloomberg "compares city having to release what it calls a draft 911 report to a newspaper reporter having to publish his notes." [@KateTaylorNYT]
"We do. It's called Twitter." [@LisaFleisher]
Not this session, said Cuomo. [Nick Reisman]
An election worker offers the wrong person Eric Holder's ballot. [Breitbart.com]
Harlem for Obama. [Chet Whye]
Thank you. [Michael Carl Tanner]