Adding on to an already bizarre political fiasco, embattled former State Representative Wallace Scarborough’s attempt to steal an election has taken a new twist. In an opinion article published by the conservative think-tank Heritage Foundation, corrupt and scandal-ridden Republican Party lawyer Hans Von Spakovsky is defending Scarborough’s appeal to the SC House of Representatives to throw out the election results of house district 115.
The old saying “You’re judged by the company you keep” couldn’t be more relevent at this point. So who exactly IS Hans von Spakovsky, anyways? Well, that’s where the story gets interesting.
From the New York Times:
“Spakovsky was a voting-rights appointee in the Justice Department. While there, he promoted Republican initiatives to crimp the ballot power of minorities and the poor who typically favor Democrats.
In one of his party missions, Mr. Spakovsky overrode the recommendations of the department’s staff professionals and approved a regressive law in Georgia that required voters to provide photo identification. The law, a voter suppression tool worthy of the Jim Crow era, was later blocked by the courts. A former G.O.P. county chairman in Georgia, Mr. Spakovsky failed to recuse himself from such an obvious conflict of interest. He also pushed for department approval of Tom DeLay’s Texas gerrymandering plan — the plan that the Supreme Court ruled violated the Voting Rights Act.
Feverish for the Republican edge, Mr. Spakovsky drove career lawyers from the Justice department and constantly parroted the (Karl) Rovian line that voter fraud is rampant, though studies have found otherwise.
Uncertain that even a Republican-controlled Senate would approve Mr. Spakovsky’s nomination to the F.E.C., President Bush gave him a recess appointment to the commission last year.”
So let me get this straight. Wallace Scarborough is now being defended by a crooked GOP hack who specializes in taking voting rights away from American citizens? And just when you thought this story couldn’t get any more interesting…
During confirmation hearings last year, Senate Democrats chastised the recess appointment’s corrupt past until he finally rescinded his nomination to the FEC. During those hearings, six leading voting rights experts, including Joseph Rich, who served as chief of the voting section in Justice’s civil rights division between 1999 and 2005, and five other attorneys who worked with him, wrote a letter to Senator Dianne Feinstein, Chairwoman of the Senate Rules Committee, accusing Spakovsky of excessive partisanship.
Hold your hats, this story gets even better. According to reliable sources, Scarborough’s attorney Butch Bowers serves as legal counsel to Heritage in South Carolina. Not only that, Bowers and his good buddy Hans von Spakovsky worked together in the Voting Rights Division of the Alberto Gonzales-led Department of Justice. You remember, the one with all the corruption and scandals? Yep, that one.
Scarborough and his croanies keep digging themselves deeper and deeper in a devastatingly deep political grave. The more they fight it, the worse it gets. It’s time for Wallace Scarborough to finally hang ‘em up. This election is over. So said the voters of his district, the Republican-controlled Charleston County Election Commission, the Republican-controlled South Carolina Election Commission, and the Republican Secretary of State. They’ve denied every appeal, every protest, and his request for a new election. Lachlan McIntosh, Anne Peterson Hutto’s campaign advisor, said today that, “Mr. Scarborough’s association with such a shady character furthur illustrates his desire to steal the election from the voters of district 115.”
George Washington once said, “tis better to be alone than to be in bad company.” Hans von Spakovsky couldn’t be any worse company for Mr. Scarborough. He’s proving that the only people in his corner are battered and broken corrupt politicians, who’s only mission is to deny voters their constitutional right to cast a vote. And he’s proving it over, and over, and over again.
Let’s face it, Wallace Scarborough has officially lost it.