"Beth White took an oath to uphold the laws of the State of Indiana. Yet, Beth White went on television to promote efforts by Barack Obama that are legally questionable, if not downright illegal," said John. "Those in a position to do so, should immediately investigate whether Beth White and Barack Obama have broken the law."
John said his concerns arise out of an interview White gave to WRTV that was broadcast Sunday wherein White told WRTV that, "The Obama campaign is having rallies with incentive if they come down to the rally and come here and vote early, you get preference for Barack Obama's appearance Wednesday at the Fairgrounds."
John expressed concerns that both the incentive offered by the Obama Campaign and Beth White's promotion of it on television violated Indiana Code 3-14-3-19, which prohibits exchange of items of value for votes.
"To his credit, whenever and wherever Senator Obama speaks, the event becomes one of the hottest tickets in town," John said. "By offering preferential seating to those who vote early, the Obama campaign is most certainly giving an item of value in exchange for early voting. The public should frown upon such activities, and they should be immediately investigated." John also specifically criticized Clerk White's
"I am appalled that Beth White would use her position as Clerk and chief elections official for the county to promote Barack Obama's rally and help pitch his "incentives " to vote," said John. "This was not some idle comment to a reporter. Beth White looked straight at the camera and the voters at home and told them they would get special seats to the Obama Rally if they voted early. That was wrong, and she should be ashamed of herself for misusing her office in such a blatantly partisan
If you wish to view the video of Beth White using her office to promote Obama's campaign rally, click here. The violation of election law could not be more apparent. White, an attorney, had this lame excuse:
Earlier, White said that the television clip, which was posted on YouTube, is taken out of context because it cuts in mid-sentence, after she explained that she is relaying information from the Obama campaign in response to a direct question.“We talk to both camps and we want to be prepared for any surges in voters,” White said. “This is about process, not partisanship.”
Tom John should be prepared for the worst. The Democrats and Obama campaign will deem him a racist who is trying to suppress minority voters from casting votes. Isn't that their response to any effort to ensure honest elections?