2004 Democrat Dirty Tricks in Oregon
It is inaccurate to characterize Democratic Party disruption of Oregon’s 2004 Nader campaign as mere ‘claims’, as Oregonian political commentator Jeff Mapes does in this recent blog post. The disruption was actual and intentional.
The campaign attempted to get on the ballot three times: twice by convention and then by petition.
The first convention in April 2004 failed to establish the necessary quorum of 1,000 people.
The second convention was announced and both Republicans and Democrats got involved by actively encouraging their partisans to attend the gathering. Much has been made of the GOP’s alleged unsolicited support of the effort, but the Democratic interference was evidently greater, since the second convention actually declined to endorse Nader.
So the Nader campaign was forced to make a third effort to get on the ballot, this time via a petition of 15,306 qualified signatures.
The healthcare workers’ union SEIU and lawyers working for Democratic campaigns apparently intimidated Nader petition gatherers and damaged petition sheets. Dan Meek writes here on Oregon Secretary of State Bill Bradbury’s use of ‘unwritten rules’ to disqualify a determinative number of signatures from the Nader campaign’s petition. Meek’s assessment is supported by the nation’s best known ballot access lawyer, Richard Winger here. Nader’s petition drive gathered fell short of the 15,306 mark by 218 signatures.
Democrat disruption of the Nader and Green campaigns went beyond Oregon. In Pennsylvania, twelve Democratic party current and former state representatives and state office workers are under indictment for using state resources for party political ends. This misuse of resources included the petition challenges to the 2004 Nader and 2006 Green Senatorial campaign. In the short term, both challenges were successful, but the perpetrators may now go to prison for a very long time. Please see the Pennsylvania AG’s page on the arrests here:
Nader has sued the Democratic National Committee for coordinating attacks on his 2004 campaign. The case is Nader v Democratic National Committee, 2007ca-7245B and was filed on October 30, 2007. The Service Employees International Union is a co-defendant.
Nader has filed another ballot access case, Nader v Blackwell, 07-4350, and the July 22 argument in the 6th Circuit was reported on the Ballot Access News blog. B.A.N. reports that the case is unusual in that it seeks to hold the then-Ohio Secretary of State, Ken Blackwell, personally liable for permitting initiative circulators to hire out-of-state circulators in 2004, and simultaneously refusing to let Nader hire out-of-state circulators. The lawsuit contends that Blackwell’s conduct (which kept Nader off the ballot in 2004) arises to an injury for which Blackwell should be held accountable.
The similarity between the behavior of Democratic operatives in Pennsylvania and Oregon is palpable: partisan law firms and union leaderships doing the dirty work for the DNC and state party leadership. If it can be shown that elected officials and state employees were using public resources in these partisan efforts, would there then be an indictable fraud under Oregon law?
See this previous post of July 10, 2008: Corrupt PA Democrats Cheated Nader, Greens, Citizens, but will anyone get anything back?
Posted on August 13, 2008, in Green Party, Politics and tagged 2004 Presidential election, ballot access, ballotgate, Bill Bradbury, Blue Oregon, Carl Romanelli, Dan Meek, electoral fraud, Jeff Mapes, Joshua Franks, Ken Blackwell, minor parties, Oregon Democratic Party, Oregon politics, Oregon Republican Party, political corruption, Ralph Nader, The Oregonian, third parties. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.