-By Warner Todd Huston
Elizabeth Crum has a great report over at National Review detailing a series of emails between the campaign staff of Senator Harry Reid and union members of Harrah’s casino in an effort to coerce workers to vote for Harry Reid.
Crum reveals emails between Reid’s office and the union folks telling them to force their members to get to the polls, setting up bus trips for that purpose, and even sending a spread sheet file identifying workers who had and had not voted and for whom they voted.
This is all clearly illegal.
Naturally, this incident serves to show the left-wing’s hypocrisy once again. As J.P. Freire of the Washington Examiner says:
ThinkProgress made hay out of similar actions committed by the management of a single McDonald’s franchise in Canton, Ohio, who wrote employees encouraging them to vote for specific Republican candidates — for which the owner later apologized. But Harrah’s employs thousands and, in these emails, is alleged to be coordinating with a candidate. This is a bigger (and probably more predictable) problem.
So, the left gets apoplectic about 10 people who may have been urged to vote GOP by an employer but utterly ignores a story where thousands of employees are hectored to vote Democrat by their employer.
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Warner Todd Huston is a Chicago based freelance writer. He has been writing opinion editorials and social criticism since early 2001 and before that he wrote articles on U.S. history for several small American magazines. His political columns are featured on many websites such as Andrew Breitbart’s BigGovernment.com, BigHollywood.com, and BigJournalism.com, as well as RightWingNews.com, CanadaFreePress.com, StoptheACLU.com, AmericanDaily.com, among many, many others. Mr. Huston is also endlessly amused that one of his articles formed the basis of an article in Germany’s Der Spiegel Magazine in 2008.
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