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  • Madison, WI Government Working Overtime for Kerry

       October 27, 2004

    The Wisconsin State Journal reports that Madison election officials have decided to keep the Ciy Clerk's office open late Thursday night after a Downtown rally for Democratic presidential candidate Sen. John Kerry (the rally will also feature Bruce Springsteen) to accomodate early voters.

    The Madison City Clerk's office is approximately one block away from where this Kerry rally will be. State GOP communications director Chris Lato has it right when he says:

    the city is spending taxpayer money to accommodate the Democrats. "I think it's pretty clearly a form of contribution to the John Kerry campaign. They are . . . incurring goodness knows how much in additional costs solely to accommodate attendees at a John Kerry political rally. Any taxpayer ought to be outraged."

    It's not surprising though, as Madison Mayor Dave Cieslewicz publicly supports Kerry. State Republicans are correct when they call the extra 3 hours the city office will be open a blatant political campaign contribution. The city of Madison won't pay to pick up leaves on a preset schedule, but they'll sure as hell pay people overtime to help get Kerry elected.

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    #  March 7th, 2005 6:48 PM      Converted_Comment
    Converted comment: Posted by: Zeke at October 27, 2004 10:59 AM

    I can only guess the Hatch Act does not apply in Madison. Nothing the DNC and democrats supporters do surprise me anymore.

    #  March 7th, 2005 6:48 PM      Converted_Comment
    Converted comment: Posted by: kris at October 27, 2004 12:41 PM


    The only applicable part of the Hatch Act I could find is that state and local employees cannot "use official authority or influence to interfere with or affect the results of an election or nomination". While that could apply, it'd be a stretch.

    I think they're breaking the spirit of the law, but probably not the letter. In any case, I'll be voting against every single one of these people in the next election I can.

    #  March 7th, 2005 6:48 PM      Converted_Comment
    Converted comment: Posted by: Steve S at October 27, 2004 02:00 PM

    Well, Hey - It IS Madison (Moscow on Mendota), after all.

    Does anyone doubt the D's would raise unholy hell if there were similar arrangements made following a Republican rally?

    #  March 7th, 2005 6:48 PM      Converted_Comment
    Converted comment: Posted by: udubbya at October 27, 2004 07:35 PM

    I dont know how madison would react if there was a republican rally. I think it would be a lot different if we let everyone into Bush rallies(he probably also would have been on his toes for the debates). I never liked that. You can say it makes him look like he's running a campaign machine, but it looks like he's afraid to explain himself to many people.

    We have charged kerry before. I dont know what's different now, maybe we'll get publicity. There's not much more to say in this election, anyway. I myself am going for scope it out for the boss and the foo. I mean, I am not an idiot. Shady electioneering certainly cannot be claimed as just a dem trait... I've got signatures for Nader here.

    ugh... I am tired of this shit. So many people play it like it is a football game. It doesn't matter if it actually was pass interference, we're gonna boo the ref and call him retarded no matter his accuracy, aren't we?

    humbly ours,
    plain old human like the rest of ya

    #  March 7th, 2005 6:48 PM      Converted_Comment
    Converted comment: Posted by: charlemagne at October 29, 2004 04:46 AM

    I wonder how Bill "Mr. Harrassment" O'Reilly is doing this evening after admitting (via fiat) to sexual misconduct?

    What a great country we live in! Makes me wonder what that gasbag will say about this in his Talking Points Memo (NOT!) - 'cause he won't.

    ALso makes me wonder what Rita Van Suckitup will say about it. Nada, most likely...bunch of cowards and bullies who can't take the heat.

    O'Reilly is going to live with the subtext of that settlement for the rest of his angry media life - serves him right!




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