Reckless Statement By GOP Assemblyman Ed Brooks Makes It Sound Like Voter Fraud Is Rampant Among College Students
Following this posting I made contact with the newspaper which reported the story. I spoke with the editor, and also sent a letter to the reporter–details here.
I have a serious problem with people who make broad general comments, and know damn well there is no justification whatsoever to the charges they make.
Such is the case with Wisconsin State Representative Ed Brooks, a Republican from Reedsburg. There is no way anyone can take his following words about voting fraud as being credible.
Brooks said election fraud in Wisconsin is likely more common than many people think. He said transient college students scam the system and vote multiple times from separate addresses.
There is no proof offered to this crazy rhetoric, any more than there was foundation to the tortured ramblings of Joe McCarthy at the height of the Cold War. If pressed to the wall this 70-year-old Republican would be forced to admit that he was talking out his backside. Problem is the timid media in Brook’s district fail to hold him accountable.
Over and over Wisconsin Republicans trot out pure bunk to somehow justify their sloppy actions when forcing the voter ID law down our throats. Just like what Brooks has done, the GOP spouts lies to attempt to rationalize their law that the courts have put on hold, and placed under judicial review.
The problem for Brooks is that no evidence exists to support his lunacy.
No election officials, or poll workers are standing alongside Brooks and seconding his statement. There are no cases in Wisconsin to support his slandering of college students. He knows better, and yet makes such statements.
As a member of St. Johns Lutheran Church one might think Brooks would have a better relationship to the truth. One might think that—but one would clearly be wrong.
Representative Brooks may pull something like this out of his backside in the GOP caucus while at the Capitol, and somehow score points. After all, there is not a lot required to make that crowd stand on their hind legs and howl. But in the world of sunshine and accountability (where the rest of us reside) there has to be more than cheap rhetoric.
So here is the deal for Representative Ed Brooks.
Put up–or shut up.
Show everyone the stacks of names of those college students who are scamming the election system. Show us the legal challenge to them. Let us know where they voted, in which elections, and the court evidence to support your statement.
Or head back to the farm and continue to play in the manure pit where you seem right at home.