Saturday, March 1, 2008

Texas shenanigans's Ben Smith writes in his 3/1/08 column about the Clinton campaign's plans for the Texas primary. Apparently somebody leaked some of the info from the Clinton staff training manuals to the Dallas Morning News...It sounds as if more shenanigans (such as what happened at the Nevada caucuses) are planned. Hopefully, they are less likely to take place now, thanks to Ben Smith's column.

Texas caucus hardball

The Dallas Morning News gets hold of Clinton caucus "training materials," in which supporters are instructed to fight for procedural control of caucuses. The materials say in part, "DO NOT allow the supporter of another candidate to serve in leadership roles."

It goes on to say, "If our supporters are outnumbered, ask the Temporary Chair if one of our supporters can serve as the Secretary, in the interest of fairness.

"The control of the sign-in sheets and the announcement of the delegates allotted to each candidate are the critical functions of the Chair and Secretary. This is why it is so important that Hillary supporters hold these positions."

Some of the moments on the ground in Nevada showed how crucial technical control can be, particularly when -- there, as expected in Texas -- nobody has any idea what the rules are. Really makes you love the caucus process.

Please DIGG this Politico article!

Please call the Texas Democratic party to let them know that they are on notice: this election is being watched closely and it must be conducted fairly:

(512) 478-9800

Tell them that you will contact the Commissioner of the Federal Elections Commission, David Mason, if you feel as if the Texas Democrats are not taking these matters seriously. The FEC can be reached at the following toll-free number:

(800) 424-9530

On the day of the vote (Tuesday, 3/4/08), if anyone in Texas spots any irregularities in the election, please contact the Obama campaign's National Voter Protection Center.

and then...

contact the Texas Secretary of State's office, Election Division:

(800) 252-8683
(512) 463-5650

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