Curley said Orrin Evans, a field representative for Obama's Indiana organization, made the offer during a Sept. 12 meeting about early voting offices in Gary, Hammond and East Chicago. Swain acknowledged that Evans, 23, contacted Curley at the behest of Lake County Democratic Chairman Rudy Clay to try to convince Curley to endorse the satellite plan.
"Orrin has had many meetings to discuss the need for satellite voting centers, with officials from both parties around the state," Swain said.
Curley, who has opposed the satellites on the grounds they promote vote fraud, told Evans it didn't make political sense for him to support the sites since Democrats vastly outnumber Republicans in the three northern cities.
"I told (Evans), 'I'm worried about Mitch Daniels,' " Curley said.
According to Curley, Evans then offered to "procure votes" for Daniels at the satellite locations since Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jill Long Thompson has no chance of defeating Daniels. "He told me 'Don't worry about the governor. We can get votes for the governor up there,' " Curley recalled. "I told him to forget it."
Swain said he was surprised by Curley's accusation.
"Nobody in this campaign would ever approach a routine meeting of this kind with any kind of deal in mind," Swain said. "Orrin does not recall a discussion of a deal of any kind."
Evans could not be reached for comment.
What is surprising is that the Obama campaign would send in a 23-year-old staffer to do the work of a seasoned political veteran. We've seen plenty of machiavellian-style actions by the young upstarts working in Obama's campaign. I have no problem believing this guy said exactly what Curley says he told him: we'll help you get votes for Daniels if you give us the satellite voting facilities in Gary, East Chicago and Hammond. Of course, the Obama campaign had no intention of helping get votes for Daniels. They just want to make their job of exporting illegal votes from Chicago into Lake County to swing Indiana for Obama a little easier.