Mr. Pearcy and other drifters and homeless people were recruited onto the Green Party ballot by a Republican political operative who freely admits that their candidacies may siphon some support from the Democrats. Arizona’s Democratic Party has filed a formal complaint with local, state and federal prosecutors in an effort to have the candidates removed from the ballot, and the Green Party has urged its supporters to steer clear of the rogue candidates.May appears to be playing word games - of course they are real candidates - they are manufactured candidates, being used by the GOP to give their candidates a better chance at getting elected. Why else would May decide to run these candidates under the Green Party?
“These are people who are not serious and who were recruited as part of a cynical manipulation of the process,” said Paul Eckstein, a lawyer representing the Democrats. “They don’t know Green from red.”
But Steve May, the Republican operative who signed up some of the candidates along Mill Avenue, a bohemian commercial strip next to Arizona State University, insists that a real political movement has been stirred up that has nothing to do with subterfuge.
“Did I recruit candidates? Yes,” said Mr. May, who is himself a candidate for the State Legislature, on the Republican ticket. “Are they fake candidates? No way.”
Tuesday, September 7, 2010
Republican Party Manipulates Elections, Hires "Sham" Candidates To Steal Votes
In an interesting story by Marc Lacey for The New York Times, Lacey revealed that Republican operative, Steve May, has picked up several candidates to run under the Green Party ballot in order to siphon votes away from the Democratic candidates - in a state that is evenly split between Republicans, Democrats, and Independents, a candidate could technically win with just a third of the vote in a three-way race.