Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Dirty tricks time in California...

Hispanics living in Southern California received an interesting little note in the mail the other day. It said (in Spanish):
"You are advised that if your residence in this country is illegal or you are an immigrant, voting in a federal election is a crime that could result in jail time."
Note the use of the word "or" ... if you are an illegal OR an immigrant ... you may not vote.

Of course, immigrants who do become naturalized citizens are legally allowed to vote, just as any other citizen is. But, it would seem, somebody is concerned that they might not vote the right way. These concerned citizens have taken the lead in discouraging those newer citizens from making a mistake at the polls three weeks from now.

The state's attorney general's office is looking into possible felony charges against the sender of the letter. That is, if they can figure out who sent it. The good Samaritan who penned the warning chose to be anonymous. What a surprise.

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  1. Of course, the possibility that this is indeed a real dirty trick doesn't seem to have crossed your mind: perhaps a Democratic operative/supporter or just a supporter of illegal immigration sent the letter as a way of both smearing opponents of illegal immigration and of helping the Dems' GOTV effort.

  2. In case anybody thinks LoneWacko has a good theory, forget it.

    The letter was sent out by the campaign of Republican candidates Tan Nguyen and arrests will be forthcoming. 14,000 of the letters went out, in all.

    Nguyen has fired the staff person responsible, and claims not to have known the content of the letter, despite having called the mailing house to expidite it's delivery.


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