Brad Messer Commentary • KTSA • Thursday, April 1, 2004

Commentary did not air. It was revamped for broadcast April 2

Stolen Election?

This 2004 election in Congressional District 28 will be talked about for years. In the recount of the photo finish between Congressman Ciro Rodriguez, and challenger Henry Cuellar of Laredo, votes have mysteriously appeared.

Here's a fine example reported by Rebeca Rodriguez at midnight this morning on the Express-News website:

"In Cuellar's home county of Webb, he received 177 new votes while Rodriguez got none.
"The number of ballots actually cast in Webb County still is in question.
"On election night, 16,057 ballots were counted. On Tuesday, 16,172 votes were tabulated, a difference of 115 votes...
"All of those votes, plus an additional 62, went to Cuellar."

Cuellar has pulled into a 201-vote lead over Congressman Rodriguez, who says he's filing a lawsuit because this smells like fraud and vote-tampering.

It doesn't get a heck of a lot better than this. It's up there the 1948 case, in which 202 mysteriously-found votes in Ballot Box 13 in Duval County made LBJ a Senator.

Where's my popcorn? This's worth watching. Is this going to turn out to be a stolen election? So far all it lacks in sleaziness is Janet Jackson for the halftime show.

Brad Messer Commentary, KTSA.


 

San Antonio Express-News 04/01/2004 12:00 AM
Cuellar's lead grows after more recounts

Texas Observer 11/17/2000
"Ballot Box 13"

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