Washington State Republican “Representative Beefcake” Caught In Double Voter Scheme
It’s no secret that the scariest thing to the Republican party is a voter.
Thanks in no small part to a regressive and exclusionary platform highlight by pro-business, anti-worker, anti-minority and anti-women policies, the GOP is finding it harder and harder to win new conservative voters. As such, many red states have aggressive pursued and enacted legislation that effectively suppresses the voting opportunities of opposing voices – most notably that of minorities and women.
States such as Texas, Wisconsin, Florida, North Carolina and others have rammed voter I.D laws and other questionable tactics through their Republican controlled legislatures, claiming they are aimed at protecting the American public from massive “voter fraud.”
The problem? Voter fraud, as presented by the GOP, does not exist. Voter Fraud Facts reports “organizations like Fox News (Murdoch) & ALEC (Koch Brothers) help to spread talking points and draft legislation to prevent low-incomes families, students, seniors and “minorities” from voting,” adding ;
“Between 200 and 2010 there were 649 million votes cast in general elections and 13 cases of in-person voter impersonation.”
In fact – recent news has seen that the best examples of fraud are indeed coming from the Republicans themselves. Back in June, Salon revealed that Robert Monroe, a Wisconsin Republican operative and Scott Walker crony, voted;
“… a dozen times in 2011 and 2012, including seven times in the recalls of Scott Walker and his GOP ally Alberta Darling.”
The latest casualty seems to be Republican State Representative Mike Hope of Washington state’s 44th district – otherwise known as Representative Beefcake. On Thursday, the Seattle Times revealed that Hope has resigned in disgrace after it was revealed that he has been registered to vote in two states since last summer. It seems that even though he is an elected official in Washington, Hope registered to vote in his home state of Ohio last August. Like any good Republican, he denies any recollection of doing it.
Hope sent Democratic Governor Jay Inslee a one-paragraph resignation letter that conveniently made no mention whatsoever of the double registration controversy, saying;
“It has been an honor to serve in the Washington State House of Representatives. It has also been an honor to serve during your term. However, I can no longer serve the remainder of my legislative term.”
In a completely related footnote, it seems that based on his Ohio registration, there is a discrepancy on whether Hope was even eligible to represent his Washington constituents – or collect taxpayer money for doing so, which he now may have to pay back.
Clearly, this story is not over.
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