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farmbo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jun-11-05 09:55 AM
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The Coverup that Cost the Election: Ohio GOP knew of huge loss in October
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Edited on Sat Jun-11-05 10:03 AM by farmbo
The loss of $215 million in Ohio Worker's Compensation funds was known to GOP leaders-- and presumably reported to Karl Rove-- as early as September 2004.

Had the scandal become public in the midst of Ohio's white-hot presidential campaign, Ohio's infuriated voters would assuredly have gone to the polls to send a strong anti incumbent message and there can be little doubt that John Kerry would be president today.

What followed was a system-wide coverup, similar to Watergate in scope and effect, as GOP office holders stonewalled, delayed and ran feints, in an effort to run out the clock on the 2004 election. After all, MDL Investments, the Bermuda- based company that caused the losses, had strong ties to the Bush administration through its former Managing Director, Philadelphia neocon Joe Watkins, a former Bush aide.

Alas, the GOP controls all the levers of power in Ohio and the coverup worked. The Ohio Attorney General had the audacity to sign the MDL Investigation contract on the afternoon of election day; as George Bush lifted off on Air Force One from Port Columbus airport for his flight back to Washington, and Karl Rove's computer-banked war room.

Still, the next time Bush brags about spending his hard-earned "political capital', or Senate Republicans shrug of their votes for knuckle- dragging Bush appointees saying:"elections have consequences"; just remember: were it not for the malignant actions of Ohio's GOP leaders, he would be a resident of Crawford today.
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