An explanation of the "Fraud" issue
August 16, 2004
The reasons for this should be clear to any right-thinking individual, to intimidate and scare off potential circulators and smear the campaign. It has been somewhat successful. Some people have stopped gathering signatures when we need them the most.
For one thing using the word "fraud" would imply that the campaign was flooding the county offices with signatures that were not only false, but were engineered by the campaign. This is patently false. We know that under the Bradbury eye, we will get no breaks and that every signature will be scrutinized to the nth degree. In fact, Democrat observers have been at the Multnomah County offices for much of the time.
Our validation rates are between 65% and 70% which is natural for a street campaign as opposed to door to door. We did learn of some signature gatherers hired through a firm that were padding their lists and they were promptly fired by that firm. It does not behoove this shoestring budgeted campaign to pay for signatures that are knowingly invalid. Again, the county offices certify every single one of these signatures.
So where does that leave us? More unfounded lies leveled against the campaign by the SEIU, which is tied to the Kerry campaign. It is unfortunate that many people will believe these lies regardless of the visible and recorded truth. It is criminal that people with no other agenda than to further progressive policies are being personally attacked. It is disgusting that the Secretary of State will listen to the obvious lies and not address the real crime, the attack on supporters.
We will endure the slings and arrows as we have all the challenges placed before us and in the end, we will prevail in clear conscience.
Something that these aggressors cannot do.
Peace and Solidarity,