By: Steve Trubilla
“Enough said, don’t expect me to revisit this again.” The response from the Chairman of the Franklin County, NC Democratic Party, to issues and questions I raised last month about tactics used to manipulate elections.
A politician soon learns the safest reply to a hard question is no reply at all, or to simply deny, deny, deny. Other tactics commonly used include engaging is creative double talk in an attempt to shift from the issue at hand.
Given the spokesman for the Democratic Party decided to use these tactics in reply to my article, and then tried to close the door by saying he did not want to talk about it, I decided even if he did not want to talk about it I would.
He cited a quote to the effect; one is entitled to their own opinion, but they are not entitled to their own facts. On this we agree.
I am not going to restate point for point all included in my article of July 10, 2014, I invite you to revisit it if you are so inclined.
I picked a few points from the article to give all readers some context.
I stated there was an effort by the Democratic Party to suppress the vote during the primary. I said people were turned away when they went to register to vote at the Franklin County Democratic Headquarters, after disclosing who they were going to vote for.
Mr. Marciniack makes the point there is a pronounced difference between facts and hearsay, he is correct. If I did not have the names of the people turned away to support what I said, I would not have said it.
I also said the Franklin County Democratic Party did not remain impartial in the 2014 Primary Election, violating their own state party’s resolution to remain neutral in primaries.
During voting at the polls, I personally witnessed at least one officer of the party telling people to vote for certain candidates.
While the local party organization may not have published an open endorsement, key players within the organization made campaign contributions, organized events, facilitated a political action committee and otherwise gave direct support to candidates to the disadvantage of others.
None of this is any great secret. All the candidates know it, some are not very happy about it. Particularly those that had their names left off the blue and yellow pre-filled out “sample” ballots.
There is little reason to deny it. It is the proverbial cookie jar, and they were caught with their hands in it; crumbs everywhere.
Individuals are free to support anyone they want to, however when the body of the organization participates in an effort, telling voters to favor one candidate over another, that is a collective effort of the organization.
Saying otherwise speaks directly to my point of tactics used to manipulate elections.
Voter fraud has many faces. It is more than just voter ID. One can toss about comments like someone does not understand this or that process, or use cliches in an effort to redirect the conversation, or even refuse to talk about it; this will not alter the material facts.
My commentary on this will not change their tactics.
They use them because they work. So then what is the point in me even talking about it?
Maybe it will cause a few people to give a little more thought to who they vote for rather than just voting for a person because someone told them to.
The chairman of the Franklin County Democratic Party, in his role as cheerleader from week to week, attacks Republicans in general and Sen. Chad Barefoot in particular.
The attacks against Barefoot at this point are transparent and amount to a continuing free campaign ad for the Democratic challenger in November.
As chairman of the party, he commands a certain amount of influence.
It would be wonderful if that influence were used to help bring jobs to Franklin County, but he is more interested in state and national politics. Ask him, he will tell you so.
Sen. Barefoot has worked hard to protect student privacy and increase teachers’ pay, among other things. He is delivering on what he said he would do if elected.
For better than 50 years, the Democrats had control of things and in all that time where was their interest with education and teachers pay? Now they are doing a lot of finger pointing and saying if we get back in control we will do this, and we will do that. Really?
Talk about a record to run on, yes they do have one, a broken record. It is why they were voted out, enough said, maybe not. Let’s revisit this.
Franklin County Republican Party’s monthly meeting to be held Thursday Aug. 14 at 101 West Nash Street, Louisburg.