The Chicago Way

Indiana 2008 Presidential Primary Election Fraud Probe Heats Up

Charity Rorie, a mother of four, sat in her Mishawaka, Ind., kitchen, stunned that her name appeared on a 2008 Democratic presidential primary petition for then-candidate Barack Obama.

“That’s not my signature,” she told Fox News, saying her signature is “absolutely” a fake. She also said she was troubled someone forged both her signature and that of her husband, Jeff, and listed personal details such as their address and birthdays.

“It’s scary,” Rorie said. “It’s shocking. It definitely is illegal. A lot of people have already lost faith in politics and the whole realm of politics, so that just solidifies all of our worries and concerns.”

Robert Hunter Jr. said his name was faked, too.

“I did not sign for Barack Obama,” he told Fox News, adding his signature supporting the then-Illinois senator’s effort to get on the primary ballot was also a forgery.

As he examined the Obama petition he held in his hands, Hunter pointed out that “I always put ‘Junior’ after my name, every time … there’s no ‘Junior’ there.” He said the signature on the petition looks “very close” to his real one, but it clearly is not.

“My wife and I actually signed a petition for Hillary Clinton,” he said. “I am an Obama fan, but not in the primaries I wasn’t.”

The prospect that theirs are two of an estimated 150 signatures that may have been forged on the petitions has raised the question of whether President Obama actually reached the legitimate number of signatures needed to be placed on the ballot in Indiana. Under state law, presidential candidates need to file 500 signatures from each of the state’s nine congressional districts. Indiana election officials say that in St. Joseph County, the Obama campaign qualified with 534 signatures; Clinton’s camp had 704. The certified signatures were never challenged.

“I had always thought that, now-President Obama, had earned his victory in Indiana,” said the state’s Republican chairman, Eric Holcomb. “But then I quickly learned that he had cheated his way on to the ballot in the primary.”

What I recall from the Indiana primary is how the results from Gary (near Chicago) got inexplicably delayed, so that people on the east coast went to bed hearing Tim Russert say how Obama’s big victory in North Carolina made him the inevitable nominee.

A month later God called Timmy home.

Obama “won” 34 of Indiana’s 72 Democratic pledged delegates, along with 8 of the state’s 13 superdelegates. Yet another case of where the voters picked Hillary but the party picked Obama.

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16 Responses to The Chicago Way

  1. Lola-at-Large says:

    My state and you’re damned right I’m still pissed off about it.

  2. myiq2xu says:

    See if you can figure this shit out:

    In the primary, 370 of California’s 441 delegates to the Democratic National Convention were selected . The remaining delegates were superdelegates not obligated to vote for any candidate at the convention. Of these delegates, 241 were awarded at the congressional district level, and the remaining 129 were awarded to the statewide winner.

    Hillary got 51.47% of the California primary votes to Obama’s 43.16%. Hillary got 204 delegates to Obama’s 166.

    204 – 129 = 75

    241 x 51.47% = 124

    241 x 43.16% = 104

    Barack Obama should have received about 104 delegates from California. That is 43% of the 241 available. Hillary should have received at least 124 plus 129 for a total of 253 delegates

    How did Obama get so many delegates?

  3. votermom says:

    • Jadzia says:

      I am guessing yes because the courts would call it a “political question” and find that nobody has standing.

      • Jadzia says:

        And unless there is some mechanism to recall a president that I don’t know about, a new law to allow it would be challenged, at the very least, on ex post facto grounds. I think we’re stuck with him!

  4. gram cracker says:

    Good memory myiq. It was Lake County/Gary that held up the Indiana primary results. Makes me bitter just thinking about what coulda, shoulda, woulda been if “that one” hadn’t been on the ballot at all. Of course the ruulz committee would have awarded delegates to the Obamination regardless of him being on the ballot or not. The fix was in.

    The wait into Wednesday’s early hours for Hillary Rodham Clinton’s razor-thin Indiana victory to become clear hinged on a county that’s in many ways more connected with Chicago than the Hoosier state.

    The slow counting drew national media attention and earned Lake County a rebuke from Indiana Secretary of State Todd Rokita.

    “The Lake County election board is reminded that no matter how long the process was drawn out, the public and the media had the right to monitor the proceedings,” Rokita said in a prepared statement.

    Rokita noted that “every other urban area of our state” uses hundreds of precinct workers in counting votes “to get results quickly and to stop suspicions from rooting and festering.”

  5. gram cracker says:

    Romney camp uses Obama’s vacations and golfing to raise cash. Hahaha! Very clever and good timing. This is going to be entertaining. The sad thing is win or lose the Obama’s are now set up for a life time of resort vacations and golf at the finest courses in the world.

    “Fore” more years?

    By donating $18, you can help us put President Obama on a permanent vacation. We cannot afford another round of President Obama’s failed leadership.

    It’s time to have a president whose idea of being “hands on” doesn’t mean getting a better grip on the golf club.

    • 1539days says:

      How about this?

      These girls are Sasha and Malia. They live in one of the most crime ridden cities in America. Their dad works long hours, nights and weekends. For just $20, you can help them move out of Washington D.C and get their father the kind of low stress job that gives him time to see them.

  6. Susan says:

    Who’s that tripping over my bridge?” roared the troll.

  7. kc says:

    what a shock–

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