Friday, October 22, 2004


Two Ohio GOP staffers indicted in South Dakota

Last week Hypothetically Speaking reported that several Republican operatives involved in an absentee ballot scandal in South Dakota were quickly wisked away to work on the GOP get-out-the-vote effort in Ohio.

At the time, we complained about the lack of coverage of this development in the Ohio media. We also complained about the quality of the reporting that did cover this story and how certain reporters (rhymes with prick-ette) were acting as mouth pieces for the ORP's dismissals of concerns about these staffers presence in Ohio.

Well, this afternoon, the Sioux Falls Argus Leader reports that 5 of those involved have been indicted in South Dakota including two of the three they admit to having been transferred to Ohio, Nathan Mertz and Todd Schleckeway. Another staffer who was supposedly sent to Ohio, Eric Fahrendorf was also indicted, but the ORP claims he wasn't moved to Ohio.

Larry Russell, ringleader of the absentee ballot caper, was also moved to Ohio, but there is no word yet on his fate.

Prediction: Little to no coverage among the Ohio media on this, too.


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