Tuesday, November 07, 2006
Ed Treacy Cracks Up
An hysterical Marion County Democratic Chairman Ed Treacy told reporters this morning that County Clerk Doris Ann Sadler and Republicans were guilty of criminal conduct because election workers had trouble starting voting machines this morning. He falsely claims that it was a deliberate attempt to block Democratic voters from voting. There are several problems with Treacy's "grassy knoll" theory. Firstly, the problem arose in precincts across the county, including both Democratic and Republican-leaning precincts. Secondly, no voters were denied the opportunity to vote. In Marion County, voters complete a paper ballot which is scanned into a machine which optically registers the votes. The paper ballots on which voters cast their votes were simply laid aside until election workers could get the voting machines fired up. Democrats had poll workers in each precinct just like the Republicans who are supposed to be trained on the election equipment. They must equally share the blame for the failure of these workers to initiate the machines when the polls first opened. What is criminal is for a public figure like Ed Treacy to stand in front of the cameras and accuse Sadler and others of committing a crime. He should be holding his head in shame, but he won't. These kind of hysterics from him have pretty much become par for the course each election. You would think our media would have caught on to his shady grandstanding by this point and simply ignore him.