With just days until voters go to the polls, Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes is calling for a federal investigation into voter intimidation tactics that are being used by Sen. Mitch McConnell in Kentucky.
The Grimes campaign has already filed for an immediate injunction to force the McConnell campaign to stop using deceptive mailings in order to discourage voters from voting, but they are taking it one step further. The Kentucky Democratic Senate candidate is also calling for a state and federal investigation into McConnell and his tactics.
In a statement, the campaign called for a federal investigation, “The Grimes campaign has filed for an immediate injunction to prevent McConnell from engaging in these unprecedented and shameful campaign tactics. We will also be asking both state and federal authorities to investigate what, on its face, appears to be a clear violation of both Kentucky and federal laws.”
McConnell is betting that by breaking federal and state law so close to election day, he will get the benefit that comes from his illegal activity at the cost of a slap on the wrist later. As the Michele Bachmann case illustrates, the federal government doesn’t take kindly to illegal campaign activities.
Sen. McConnell is taking a huge risk by openly violating state and federal law. The fact the McConnell campaign chose to go down this desperate path demonstrates that the election in Kentucky is very close. The race is so close that intimidating a few thousand voters into not showing up at the polls might make the difference between victory and defeat.
It isn’t surprising that the big champion of the Koch brothers’ efforts to buy the government is so willing to keep regular folks from voting. What is shocking is the brazen stupidity of McConnell’s tactics. Through his latest actions, Mitch McConnell has proven that he is only interesting in his own power. McConnell is more than happy to step on Kentuckians right to vote if that is what it will take to get him a shot at being Senate Majority Leader.
The problem is that McConnell is running against the current Sec. of State, and Alison Lundergan Grimes isn’t going to let him get away with destroying the rights of millions of Kentuckians.
Mitch McConnell is in a whole heap of trouble, and a federal investigation could mean that his problems may just be beginning even if he wins on Tuesday.
Mr. Easley is the founder/managing editor, who is White House Press Pool, and a Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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