Husted, who is already running for governor in 2018 , accused Trump of “irresponsible” sky-is-falling campaign rhetoric who ought to shut up because the voting system is secure. He feels safe in assuring you of a clean election because he is the state’s top election officer.
But wait. The secretary then swerved his comment by declaring that he is voting for…Trump. Pure cognitive dissonance.
Does that mean he will forgive Trump of the many reckless screeds to the voters that now have school kids mocking their classmates for, say, being Latinos? Or having their parents believe that Hillary Clinton is on drugs and ought to be tested before the last debate? Or that Hillary ought to be locked up?
Ohio’s voting laws have been teetering one way or the other under Republican control for years and Husted has been a key figure boasting that any changes he has sought are aimed solely at voter fraud, which, of course, is an unproven non-starter. I’ve followed the epic story line to shrink minority votes, and can recount instances when GOP officials actually conceded that the goal is exactly that. The state’s media, however, usually rescue Husted from having to defend what is indefensible as a Republican exercise.
Throughout the land there have been wicked reports of red states that have taken extraordinary efforts, winning some and losing some, to shrink the minority vote. In September, the 4-4 Supreme Court took no action on an appeal to revive a highly-restrictive voting law in North Carolina. A lower court had ruled that the law “disproportionately affected African Americans”.
So on election day, will you be heeding Husted’s map and voting for his promise of clean unrigged elections? Or for Husted’s “irresponsible” other candidate?