Thursday, July 22, 2004

Candidate of the Day: Dr. Arthur Anderson

The infamous Theresa LePore, who came into national prominence in November 2000, is up for re-election on August 31 in Palm Beach County. My decision to back her opponent does not stem from any lingering bitterness over 2000. I accept that many people, LePore included, made an error designing the Butterfly Ballot.

Her loyalty to the Democratic Party and the voters is very questionable. To begin with, she was originally registered as a Republican. She switched to Democrat when she held the title of Elections Supervisor. After 2000, she once again switched to Independent affiliation. This race is theoretically nonpartisan, but her party affiliation does have an impact on my vote.

Ms. LePore has been absent on pressing issues related to vote security. Why isn’t Theresa LePore tireless in her criticism of Bush’s fraud in 2000? 60,000 voters were erroneously listed as felons. That certainly is something to be addressed by the Supervisor of Elections. Even after we’ve learned about the risk of electronic voting, she still refuses to support a full paper trail. Many in Florida, notably Rep. Robert Wexler, have supported giving the voter some sort of receipt after voting into the electronic machines. The current system would not allow for any sort of manual recount. In the case of another close election, it would be optimal for there to be some sort of physical evidence.

I’ve researched her opponent Arthur Anderson in the past few weeks. By all indications, he will be well qualified to serve as Supervisor. He’s widely known in PBC from his tenure on the School Board during the ‘80’s and 90’s. He is also a doctor and served as a professor at Florida Atlantic University. He has garnered the support of Rep. Wexler along with Gov. Dean’s Democracy for America organization.

Anderson stands a great chance of winning this election on August 31. Activist Democrats, who comprise a big portion of the primary electorate, tend to be fervent in their support of Dr. Anderson. The Senate primary is held the same day, meaning that many angry Democratic partisans will be at the polls. This might spell trouble for LePore, who is disliked by many of these voters.

I am looking forward to this election next month. Hopefully, this will be the first step in slaying the ghost of Election 2000.


Blogger Eric Cioffoletti said...

You make some great points here. I couldn't believe the fact that LePore was a democrat during the 2000 election crisis.

Bottom line is: it was an outrage that she didn't lose her job or resign after the 2000 election. She blew it big and even though I know she wasn't the only person to blame for the butterfly ballot, she was certainly at the forefront. She should've lost her job for that.

I'm not sure what you're trying to imply though in your post? Do you think that LePore (through her lack of democratic support and her inability to get to the bottom of the Bush fraud) was in some way knowingly connected to the fraud? I think it's unlikely but I won't rule out any possibilities.

I will vote for Anderson. It's for the same reason that I'll be voting for Kerry. Anyone is better than LePore at this point. She ultimately failed in her job as elections supervisor imo in a big way. I mean, how bad do you have to be to draw national attention to your lack of ability?

July 24, 2004 at 2:26 AM  

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