Did outspoken left-winger Jennifer Brunner, an ACORN-friendly Ohio elections chief who previously defied federal election law, improperly boot a Tea Party candidate off the Republican primary ballot for state attorney general?
The disqualified candidate, attorney Steve Christopher, would have been going up against former U.S. Sen. Mike DeWine (R-Ohio), a member of the Ohio GOP establishment, in the May 4 vote. Christopher is a life member of the National Rifle Association and founder of the Hardin County Tea Party. DeWine, who was somewhere between a liberal and a mushy moderate on key issues while he served in the U.S. Senate, is called a RINO (Republican In Name Only) by his critics in the GOP.
Christopher’s campaign claims legal funny business is preventing him from participating in the Republican primary for Ohio state attorney general in May. The dispute hinges on approximately 2,000 signatures on nominating petitions that, according to Christopher, vanished into thin air after being filed with the office of Brunner, the state’s liberal Democratic secretary of state. Brunner is backed by George Soros‘s Secretary of State Project, which aims to install left-wing secretaries of state across the nation for “election protection” (a code word for election-stealing).
“At first we felt it was a mistake or an oversight and that the petitions were misfiled or lost,” said campaign spokesman Mark Lucas. “We weren’t sure what to think and none of the explanations we got made any sense.”
“At this time we have strong suspicions that the petitions were not lost or misplaced and there may be more to it,” Lucas said.
Brunner’s office denies it did anything wrong.
To Republicans, Brunner, who herself is seeking the Democratic nomination for retiring GOP Sen. George Voinovich’s seat, isn’t exactly known for fairness. The longtime ACORN ally defied federal law in 2008 by refusing to enforce provisions of the Help America Vote Act (HAVA) that required her to use a database to allow verification of 600,000-plus registrations from new Ohio voters.
During that election cycle Brunner admitted there were “discrepancies” on about 200,000 of the new registrations, but she didn’t care. She refused to give local election officials the registration data they needed to verify the validity of the registrations. Chaos was avoided on election night in Ohio because President Obama beat John McCain in the Buckeye State by over 262,000 votes — well beyond what the Wall Street Journal‘s John Fund has called the “margin of ACORN.”