by Ed Morrissey
So says Election Journal, who gets it from two sources, albeit anonymous ones. One seems pretty solid; a police officer recognized gangbangers, who discovered him and threatened him after discovering where he lived. The on-camera source seems less specific but just as certain about the GOTV volunteers Democrats sent into her neighborhood:
How would you like to be a New Jersey police officer and look out your window and see several known criminals, including a man you arrested several weeks ago and another who had just been released from prison for shooting a cop? And then find out that the men were sent into the neighborhood by the Democratic Party for GOTV operations – complete with lists of voters names, addresses and phones numbers!
That is what happened Sunday on a quiet street in Morris Township. The officer, who’s name we are with holding, specifically heard the men discussing that he was a police officer and that they now know where he lives. The officer confronted the men and they took off. He contacted the local police who responded and caught up with them and about a dozen other men a few blocks away. According to the police report, the men were known criminals and when asked why they were in the neighborhood they stated they were “campaigning for the Democratic Party.”
It wouldn’t be the first time that we’ve seen criminals hired to represent Democratic GOTV efforts. In 2004, the Kerry campaign used an outfit called Americans Coming Together, who hired felons to do some door-knocking and some campaigning on doorsteps. This year, the Census Bureau botched its criminal background checks and hired hundreds of felons to do their data collection. One might think that with unemployment skyrocketing, the Census Bureau could do a better job of vetting applicants, but apparently they didn’t care enough to try.
If true, this demonstrates the steep hill Republicans have in dislodging an entrenched Democratic power base in New Jersey that has clearly become unresponsive to voters.
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