Republican candidate's son shakes up North Carolina hearing with surprise testimony

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Republican candidate's son shakes up North Carolina hearing with surprise testimony
John Harris said he warned his father about potentially illegal activities of a political operative the candidate eventually hired.
By Leigh Ann Caldwell

"RALEIGH, N.C. — The son of Republican congressional candidate Mark Harris testified before the North Carolina State Board of Elections on Wednesday, saying that he warned his father about the illegal tactics of a political operative that Harris had hired and casting doubt on Harris' insistence that he had no knowledge of fraudulent election activity in last year's election."
"This week, the board heard testimony about what state investigators described as a “coordinated, unlawful” mail-in ballot “scheme” in Bladen County run by Dowless that included the collection of absentee ballots, which is illegal in North Carolina."
"His testimony could have a decisive impact as the five-member board weighs whether to certify the results of last November's results or call for a new election. Mark Harris is the unofficial leader of the race by just 905 votes over Democrat Dan McCready, but allegations of absentee ballot irregularities in two rural counties — Bladen and Robeson — have delayed the certification of the race."
"Harris’ attorneys have attempted to separate Harris from Dowless throughout the hearing, but Wednesday's testimony damaged that argument."









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It is laudable that the Republican candidate's son came forth with his testimony to reveal what he knew about this case even if it hurt his Dad. The truth is always best and though his Dad may have suffered a lot of damage from that it is best that information came out at this time.
 

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In terms of politics, this isn't a huge deal. Harris won't be running again, or if he is actually dumb enough to try, he won't be nominated. The district remains Republican leaning, and it will probably elect a Republican. Even if the Democrats pull this one out, it will be a hard seat to defend in 2020, and they don't need the seat.

But from a moral perspective, it is truly outrageous. These people didn't just commit fraud, they actively stole votes from people. A conspiracy, most likely involving the candidate, took incomplete ballots from his would-be constituents and forged them. It is not a case of ballot stuffing or manipulation, it is actual theft of people's actual votes.

Those votes got counted in an act of unconscionable dishonesty. Had these voters turned out to vote at their polling place, they not only would have been denied their right to vote, but they may have come under suspicion on attempted fraud themselves. There aren't strong enough words to describe this level of political villainy.

On top of everything else, it has — at a minimum — occurred under the direct auspices of the North Carolina GOP, on their watch. We may yet find out that state Republicans had a hand in this. But even if they didn't, even if they merely allowed it to occur, they have been among the noisiest in demanding safeguards against "voter fraud."

Now the worst type of voter fraud imaginable has happened at the initiation of one of their federal candidates. It is nauseating. FUCK these guys.
 
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Republican candidate's son shakes up North Carolina hearing with surprise testimony
John Harris said he warned his father about potentially illegal activities of a political operative the candidate eventually hired.
By Leigh Ann Caldwell















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It is laudable that the Republican candidate's son came forth with his testimony to reveal what he knew about this case even if it hurt his Dad. The truth is always best and though his Dad may have suffered a lot of damage from that it is best that information came out at this time.
I agree! Both sides should do the same.
 
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In terms of politics, this isn't a huge deal. Harris won't be running again, or if he is actually dumb enough to try, he won't be nominated. The district remains Republican leaning, and it will probably elect a Republican. Even if the Democrats pull this one out, it will be a hard seat to defend in 2020, and they don't need the seat.

But from a moral perspective, it is truly outrageous. These people didn't just commit fraud, they actively stole votes from people. A conspiracy, most likely involving the candidate, took incomplete ballots from his would-be constituents and forged them. It is not a case of ballot stuffing or manipulation, it is actual theft of people's actual votes.

Those votes got counted in an act of unconscionable dishonesty. Had these voters turned out to vote at their polling place, they not only would have been denied their right to vote, but they may have come under suspicion on attempted fraud themselves. There aren't strong enough words to describe this level of political villainy.

On top of everything else, it has — at a minimum — occurred under the direct auspices of the North Carolina GOP, on their watch. We may yet find out that state Republicans had a hand in this. But even if they didn't, even if they merely allowed it to occur, they have been among the noisiest in demanding safeguards against "voter fraud."

Now the worst type of voter fraud imaginable has happened at the initiation of one of their federal candidates. It is nauseating. FUCK these guys.
It's doubly infuriating that so few seem to care.
 
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Voter fraud perpetrated by Republicans and no one on the right gives a shit. There’s a real shocker.
 
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As is typical, republicans cry claims of cheating, while they are the one cheating. Everything they say about dems is a projection.

Also this week, a white terrorist caught. Not muslim, not an illegal, a white, right wing extremist. The real terrorist threat in this country
 
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Voter fraud perpetrated by Republicans and no one on the right gives a shit. There’s a real shocker.
The only way to respond to their intransigence on this issue is, every time they talk about fraud, "The GOP provably stole votes in North Carolina and the bipartisan elections panel ordered a new election over it." If they refuse to engage on this, they just beclown themselves. Otherwise, it forces a fair consideration of the whole issue.