Santa Barbara Politics, Media & Culture

Wednesday, October 08, 2008

Dem Dirty Tricks in Ventura? or CRP Payback?

General Counsel to the California Republican Party Charles Bell has sent a cease and desist order (PDF of his letter)to the chairs of the San Bernadino and Ventura Democratic Party chairs over a series of voter registration drive dramas that are unfolding in these targeted counties. Some of the key points/allegations:

  • Threatening to arrest or otherwise interfere with voter registration activities in San Bernadino, Riverside and Ventura Counties.

  • Interfering with voter registration activities by offering a $5,000 reward for reporting illegal incidents of violations of voter registration law.

Apparently, one of the above resulted in a violent incident in Ventura County which is documented in a letter to Ventura County District Attorney Greg Totten. The US Attorney's Office got one too for good measure.

These three counties have had issues around voter registration drives for many years and have been the targets of the respective political party's for even longer. There's a few problems with the above allegations -- but it would take a post three times as long as this to even get started.

I'm not clear the Democrats had much to do with the alleged assault on a Republican voter registration worker, and I find that action unconscionable (even if the Republican worker really did dupe the guys' daughter -- see the Totten link above for an interesting read). I'm also not sure $5,000 is enough for anyone to try to create problems to report to the Ventura Democratic Party who may not even have $5,000 in the bank right now. Then again, desperate times call for desperate measures.

What I do know is that the Strickland Fracas and the rather silly police and media report follow-up likely did not help matters. Perhaps Republican payback for Ventura Democrats is a beach?

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Anonymous helen conly said...

Dear BlogaBarbara,
Interesting that you have only the Republican side of this story. May I email you the Press release that Vote Blue issued on September 25 when we filed voter fraud claims with the Ventura DA from over a dozen voters in Ventura? These people came to us and asked how to complain about the 'slamming' and re-registerations as Republican happened to them. This is just sour grapes from Republicans because we have not been involved with registrations in any of the locations they mention. Let me know where to email the PR.

10/09/2008 10:30 AM  
Blogger Sara De la Guerra said...

I caught up with some of the information today. I don't see that I am taking the Republican side! That would be a misperception...feel free to go ahead and post it herein or email me at the address on the top left corner.

10/09/2008 6:13 PM  

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