John Podesta Blames GOP for Voter Suppression Letters Targeted at GOP Voters

Posted by on Oct 31, 2012 at 12:21 pm

Well, this is sure a unique twist. After a rash of letters sent to GOP voters recent in Florida, Democrat henchman John Podesta has creatively found a way to blame Republicans for it and beg for money while he’s at it.

John Podesta, Bill Clinton’s chief of staff during the Monica Lewinsky scandal, rallied his liberal donor base by decrying fake letters designed to suppress the vote in Florida — but he doesn’t acknowledge that those letters are targetting Republican voters.

“I have been involved in politics for over 40 years—long enough to have even seen Nixon’s dirty tricks,” Podesta says in the Center for American Progress email. “But frankly, the past few months have shocked me. From a widespread campaign to limit voting through ‘voter ID’ laws to registration forms being tossed in the garbage, it’s clear that those who fear a fair election are waging war on one of our most basic rights.”

Podesta never mentions the Republican Party by name, but he’s criticizing the voter identification laws that Democrats have argued all year reflect a Republican effort to bring back Jim Crow era policies. He talks about fighting voter ID laws in Florida and Pennsylvania — which Republicans advocated — before sneaking in a line about Florida.

“Voters in Florida are receiving fake letters saying that their citizenship is being investigated,” he says.

Given that he’s complaining about “dirty tricks,” that line is kind of a shocker. Podesta, the co-chairman of Barack Obama’s 2008 transition team, didn’t mention one inconvenient fact: those fake letters target Republican voters.

Of course Podesta himself is targeting the woefully ignorant, low-information folks who read Think Progress, so they’re sure to lap this nonsense up. These people really have no shame, especially when stooges like Podesta talk about dirty tricks. Some massive projection.

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2 Responses to “John Podesta Blames GOP for Voter Suppression Letters Targeted at GOP Voters”

  1. Virginia on 31/31/12 at 1:07 pm

    Podesta complaining about dirty tricks!!! The nerve of this man. Podesta should be complaining about Obama ordering a stand down in Libya. When our Ambassador and 3 American were being attacked and then killed because Obama wouldn’t send any help for them!!! Now Podesta that is something to complain about… Not some stupid letter you are trying to pin on the Rupublicans!!! With NO proof at all….

  2. Esau's Message on 31/31/12 at 4:04 pm

    “I have been involved in politics for over 40 years—long enough to have even seen Nixon’s dirty tricks. But frankly, the past few months have shocked me. From a widespread campaign to limit voting through ‘voter ID’ laws to registration forms being tossed in the garbage, it’s clear that those who fear a fair election are waging war on one of our most basic rights.”

    Is this John’s confession? It makes it sound like he sent the letters.