In what might be one of the most unethical election related stories I’ve ever run across, it seems the Republican party in Kentucky – authorized by Mitch McConnell’s Senate Committee 2014 – has been sending out campaign material that seems to imply that those receiving it are guilty of committing some form of election fraud.
There’s no way this was done “by accident,” and it’s clear why many Democrats are viewing this as a blatant attempt at voter suppression.
Now you can’t tell me that this doesn’t look like some kind of official notice alerting whatever voter is getting it that they’ve committed some form of illegal election activity.
It’s only when you open it up do you find out that it’s a campaign ad paid for by the Republican party of Kentucky.
Inside the mailer reads:
This document serves as a notification to you, as a resident of Kentucky and a registered voter in the aforementioned commonwealth, of fraudulent information that is being deliberately spread to voters in your area. The information that has been red-flagged as 100% false is being purposely spread by the campaign of the federal candidate named below:
Alison Lundergan Grimes.
With the campaign for United States Senate nearly complete, Alison Lundergan Grimes has chosen to launch an advertising campaign that independent sources prove is filled with blatant lies intended solely to deceive Kentucky voters.
Needless to say, many Democrats are irate over this highly unethical campaign flier.
Kentucky Democratic Party Chair Dan Logsdon issued a statement saying:
After trying for 16 months to buy this election, Mitch McConnell and the out-of-state special interests that support him are now trying to steal Kentucky’s Senate seat using questionable and possibly illegal voter suppression tactics. The despicable mailers targeting Kentucky voters with misleading information are just another sign of Mitch McConnell’s desperation as Kentuckians hold him accountable for his 30-year failed record in Washington.
This is absolutely ridiculous. These mailers are clearly meant to confuse or discourage people from voting. There’s absolutely no other reason to have produced a flier that seems like some kind of notice of an election law violation. It’s just blatantly obvious that Republicans are doing everything they can to discourage people from voting.
Whether it’s limiting early voting times, having fewer voting locations or passing strict new voter ID laws, Republicans want as few Americans as possible to show up to the polls this year. They know when fewer people vote, the better it is for the GOP.
And it’s like I’ve said numerous times, any party or politician who’s trying to make it more difficult to vote or discourage Americans from voting clearly has some kind of unethical ulterior motive.
According to Talking Points Memo, neither the McConnell campaign nor the Kentucky Republican party responded to several inquiries for comment about the mailer. Big surprise there.
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