Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Sure, We Believe You

Columbus -Secretary of State Ken Blackwell made an embarrassing announcement Monday: He accidentally bought stock in Diebold Inc., a voting machine maker that benefited from decisions made by his office.

In a required filing with the Ohio Ethics Commission, the GOP gubernatorial hopeful said his hefty portfolio included 178 shares of Diebold stock, which sold for a loss. "While I was unaware of this stock in my portfolio, its mere presence may be viewed as a conflict," Blackwell wrote in a letter that accompanies his annual financial disclosure statement.

Accident, my ass.

Ohio's place as ground zero in the 2004 presidential election has helped shine a light on what may be the most corrupt and immoral chief election official in the U.S. And I'll say it again: for a black man to be involved in such unethical behavior around the right to vote fairly is almost too painful to recognize. Can't say enough how much I hate this man.

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