Gingrich claims fraud!

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    (C’mon, Attorney General Coochy, do your job and prosecute this guy!!! – promoted by lowkell)

    Newt Gingrich has a new reason why he didn’t make the ballot — fraud on the part of someone he hired.  He is claiming that he hired someone to get signatures who forged or made up 1,500 signatures.  See the story here.

    I heard on the news tonight that Newt was blaming poor staff work — sort of a class-less move but hardly surprising.  So now we have an allegation of fraud.

    I wonder if anyone will prosecute?  I mean, it’s a crime to submit petitions fraudulently.  At the bottom of the form is this language:

    I understand that falsely signing this affidavit is a felony punishable by a maximum fine up to $2,500 and/or imprisonment for up to ten years.

    See Va. Code 24.2-1016.

    So let’s get those prosecutions going!  I want to see the perp walk!

    • RusticObserver

      I don’t know about you, but I’ve worked on several campaigns and we always questioned it when we had folks hand in even a couple sheets that all looked like similar handwriting and therefore didn’t turn them in. In this case, they’re talking about 1,500 signatures that Gingrich claims were fraud.

      If a statewide or even local race can notice when something is a little fishy, how could you not notice when there’s 1,500 forged signatures?

      Either way it really says something about the Gingrich campaign. Either it didn’t bother examining it’s signatures, or they just didn’t care. No matter what the case is, I don’t want his folks in charge of the government if they can’t even handle catching blatant fraud.