Former Chicago Machine Player Issues Warning to Sharron Angle Campaign
What follows is a non-verbatim account of an interview with Mr. X. His exact language is in quotes. Mr. X was deeply involved in Chicago Machine politics for many years. He has intimate knowledge of those responsible for manipulating the Cook County electoral process toward the outcome intended by the Machine. He eventually went undercover for the FBI and testified in trials that resulted in multiple convictions. He now lives outside Illinois. Mr. X has reason to believe that Nevada GOP Senatorial Candidate Sharron Angle, who is running against Sen. Harry Reid, will face a level of corrupt electioneering practices equal to what he witnessed for many years in Chicago. This is his warning to the Angle Campaign.
"There are thousands of them there."
"And I'm sure there are plenty of groups out there who will take money to register phony voters."
"In Chicago, in every election, there are many absentee ballots, and a lot of them are sent in by Precinct Captains, or by someone associated with the campaign."
"In Chicago, the Precinct Captains watch to see who votes and who doesn't. Then, at the end of the day, others will cast votes for those who haven't shown up to vote, all under the direction of the Precinct Captain. If the actual voter shows up later, they're given someone else's card. The Republican poll watchers don't stop this. Hell, most of them are actually Democrats."
"In Chicago, the Precinct Captain sometimes goes into the polling booth to make sure the ghost voter votes correctly, making sure they pull the right lever, if they aren't that bright. Even pulling it for them."
"In Chicago we run a third candidate just to take votes away from the opposition candidate. We call these third candidates 'faces.' They're shills. Just a face we throw in as a bogus candidate. This is one of the greatest games played in Chicago. Today, the most powerful alderman in Chicago brags about having phony candidates run in certain races to take away votes that would otherwise go to an opponent.
"You can bet that any third-party candidate in the race between Reid and Angle will be used to take votes away from Angle."
So first, scrub the voter registration lists, looking for phony names. Then have an army of people prepared to be poll watchers on Election Day, trained to look for voter fraud.
"Wake up and smell the bacon. They've been doing that in Chicago for years. Why do you think they call Cook County 'crook county'?"