No surprise to me that my congressman, Rush Holt (D-NJ), was one of only 75 to support the continued taxpayer funding of ACORN. After all, it's not his money. And he is further to the left of Barack Obama than Vermont Socialist Bernie Sanders.
His likely opponent in 2010, Fair Haven Mayor Michael Halfacre, ripped Holt a new one:
“One again, Rush Holt has shown how out of touch he is with the people of the 12th Congressional District and that his attempts to portray himself as a moderate are just that- a portrayal”, said Halfacre. “He was to the left of even his own party on cap and trade; he is to the left of his own party on health care reform and now, when 70% of his own party voted against giving any more funding to this controversial group, once again, Rush Holt stood with the far left of his party to continue funding them with taxpayer money.
Spot-on, Mr. Mayor! But what's really interesting is Mr. Holt's past associations with ACORN. a group most known for -before Mr. O'Keefe exposed their interest in underage illegal immigrant prostitution - voter fraud.
And what is one of Mr. Holt's pet passions? Why, "ballot reform". Which, in its latest incarnation on Holt's website, means adding another layer into the voting system, one which can be easily manipulated. Holt demands that future elections must:
-Requires a voter-marked or ballot-marking-device-marked paper ballot be produced for every vote cast
-Ensures that the paper ballot is the vote of record in all recounts and audits.
Gee, nothing easier to forge (or simply create, if you're more than a few votes short) than paper ballots, right, Rush? No wonder ACORN is so interested.
From ACORN's "Legislative Update 2008":
• Voter Confidence and Increased Accessibility Act – We have been monitoring the progress of a bill from Rep. Rush Holt (D-New Jersey) that is focused on voting machine technology.
Hmm...so ACORN is "monitoring" Rush Holt's work on ballot reform? Maybe because he has worked so well with one of ACORN's most famous graduates - June 2007:
Today, U.S. Representative Rahm Emanuel (D-IL) and U.S. Senator Barack Obama (D-IL) praised the passage of the Deceptive Practices and Voter Intimidation Prevention Act (H.R. 1281), a bill that will prohibit and punish deceptive practices that seek to intimidate or mislead voters in an effort to keep voters away from the polls on Election Day. [see how well that worked? Just ask the voters who were threatened by Black Panthers on Election Day - ed.]
The Deceptive Practices and Voter Intimidation Prevention Act was introduced by U.S. Representatives Emanuel, John Conyers, Jr. (D-MI), Xavier Becerra (D-CA), Rush Holt (D-NJ), Mike Honda (D-CA), and Keith Ellison (D-MN).
A real motley crue of left wingnuts; and certainly not at all representative of Holt's district. That's besides the point, though - here's the money shot; some commentary on what the bill really accomplishes - protecting ACORN and it's vote-scamming racket:
Note that despite the headline claims (Obama Bill Would Make Election Fraud, Voter Intimidation Illegal), there is no mention in this legislation about upping any of the penalties related to registering fraudulent voters or any of the other criminal practices ACORN, La Raza and others regularly employ.
In fact, this legislation seems to be aimed at making such activity easier, even protected.
So now we have the answer to the question, "Why the hell would a congressman from a moderate district with an interest in ballot "reform" vote to continue funding a criminal group known primarily for committing ballot fraud on a massive scale in multiple locations?"
Because fraud is the goal of Rush Holt's reform. And ACORN will be his vehicle, both to give liberal legitimacy to his crooked bill, and to make sure the votes that count have his name on it. And in return, Rush Holt will pay them off with billions of your hard-earned dollars.
Rush Holt & ACORN: Criminals in cahoots...