The Democratic Machine still works Durant’s victory voided

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The Democratic Machine still works Durant's victory voided

Well it took a lot of lawyers, cracked and bro­ken elec­tion boxes, and some inter­est­ing han­dling of bal­lots dur­ing a recount but the Demo­c­ra­tic machine man­aged to get the result they were look­ing for:

A Worces­ter Supe­rior Court judge is order­ing a new elec­tion for a con­tested Mass­a­chu­setts House seat after rul­ing the Novem­ber con­test ended in a tie.

The rul­ing by Jus­tice Richard Tucker means Demo­c­ra­tic incum­bent Ger­aldo Alicea of Charl­ton will again face off against Repub­li­can chal­lenger Peter Durant of Spencer.

An ear­lier recount of had placed Durant one vote ahead.

But Tucker ruled a sin­gle uncounted vote for Alicea should be included in the offi­cial tally, end­ing in a tie.

Of course the demo­c­ra­tic leg­is­la­ture might just choose to steal the elec­tion out­right:

Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Michael T. Moran, a Boston Demo­c­rat who co-​chairs the Legislature’s Elec­tion Laws Com­mit­tee, said the judge’s rul­ing would now be reviewed by a spe­cial House com­mit­tee of two Democ­rats and one Republican.

The com­mit­tee will make a rec­om­men­da­tion about next steps to House Speaker Robert A. DeLeo, he said. “The strongest option is to have a reelec­tion,’’ Moran said. “But you have to look at everything.’’

It’s fair to say this is extremely, extremely rare, and it poses a whole set of dif­fer­ent issues and prob­lems,’’ Moran said.

Red Mass. Group:

The cor­rect answer for Moran would have been, “we have asked the Sec­re­tary of State to sched­ule the elec­tion for as early a date as pos­si­ble.” He did not say that. Leav­ing the door open to the seat­ing of Alicea.

Speaker Deleo and the rest of the Leg­is­la­ture should know that we the peo­ple of Mass­a­chu­setts will march on the State House if they pull this again. As recent events in the Mid­dle East have shown 2011 is a whole lot dif­fer­ent than 2000 or 2001. Through the inter­net we can eas­ily orga­nize demon­stra­tions, and they will be held.

This is what hap­pens when you have a one party state. Remem­ber we have done this to ourselves.

Well it took a lot of lawyers, cracked and broken election boxes, and some interesting handling of ballots during a recount but the Democratic machine managed to get the result they were looking for:

A Worcester Superior Court judge is ordering a new election for a contested Massachusetts House seat after ruling the November contest ended in a tie.

The ruling by Justice Richard Tucker means Democratic incumbent Geraldo Alicea of Charlton will again face off against Republican challenger Peter Durant of Spencer.

An earlier recount of had placed Durant one vote ahead.

But Tucker ruled a single uncounted vote for Alicea should be included in the official tally, ending in a tie.

Of course the democratic legislature might just choose to steal the election outright:

Representative Michael T. Moran, a Boston Democrat who co-chairs the Legislature’s Election Laws Committee, said the judge’s ruling would now be reviewed by a special House committee of two Democrats and one Republican.

The committee will make a recommendation about next steps to House Speaker Robert A. DeLeo, he said. “The strongest option is to have a reelection,’’ Moran said. “But you have to look at everything.’’

“It’s fair to say this is extremely, extremely rare, and it poses a whole set of different issues and problems,’’ Moran said.

Red Mass. Group:

The correct answer for Moran would have been, “we have asked the Secretary of State to schedule the election for as early a date as possible.” He did not say that. Leaving the door open to the seating of Alicea.

Speaker Deleo and the rest of the Legislature should know that we the people of Massachusetts will march on the State House if they pull this again. As recent events in the Middle East have shown 2011 is a whole lot different than 2000 or 2001. Through the internet we can easily organize demonstrations, and they will be held.

This is what happens when you have a one party state. Remember we have done this to ourselves.