Ed McDonough, the Democrat Elections Commissioner in Rensselaer County embroiled in a voter fraud scheme which has seen others of his party either serve time or accept plea deals for their actions, will go back on trial in November, with jury selection beginning on the 13th of that month.
From the Times Union:
In November, Rensselaer County Democratic Elections Commissioner Edward McDonough will stand trial for the second time this year on charges he allegedly forged absentee ballots to help Democrats secure the 2009 Working Families Party primary…
… McDonough, who faces 38 felony counts of second-degree forgery and 36 felony counts of second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument, was first tried alongside former City Councilman Michael LoPorto earlier this year. That highly publicized trial took nine weeks, beginning Jan. 17 and ending in a mistrial with a hung jury March 13.
This trial, and the ensuing ones should provide a plethora of exciting details. The first combined trial with LoPorto (who has since been acquitted) and McDonough saw accusations of voters being paid for their signatures, accusations of immigrants being targeted, stories of mentally disabled men being used for their ballots, and Democrat councilmen joking about their past felony convictions.
Such is the state of politics in upstate New York.
McDonough’s trial will then likely be followed by the trials of two other Democrats allegedly involved in the scheme.
Former City Council President Clement Campana awaits trial on charges of first-degree falsifying business records and four counts of illegal voting, all felonies, and a count of conspiracy to promote or prevent election, a misdemeanor.
City Councilman Gary Galuski still faces four felony counts of first-degree falsifying business records.
Our original prediction was that the first trial for LoPorto would end up in his acquittal, based on varying witness accounts and a convenient changing of testimony by Working Families Party operative Sara Couch. McDonough does not have such luxuries, and may well face some level of conviction.
McDonough also currently serves on the school board for the Lansingburgh School District.
Is it possible that evidence against Democrats in Troy, New York,has finally hit rock bottom? When they weren’t paying off college kids with their vote, they were apparently tricking mentally impaired voters into signing absentee ballots, telling them “the city made it easier to vote this year.”
A witness who testified in the upstate New York ballot fraud case explained that she would frequently visit two brothers, both of whom had ‘mental disabilities’.
Three men allegedly paid a visit to the family home of Michele Ziglitt one day. Two of the men were identified as Gary Galuski, and Anthony DeFiglio. Galuski, a city council member who also works for the Board of Elections, was charged with four felony charges that he left blank spaces on absentee ballots so they could be fraudulently filled in at a later time. DeFiglio, is a Democratic Committeeman who pleaded guilty to falsifying business records, and claimed that such rampant forgery was actually a ‘normal political tactic’.
Ziglitt testified that both of her brothers, Joseph Mammone, and Steven, who has since passed away, were asked to sign a ballot by Galuski. Ziglitt thought that she was casting a vote for Galuski, even though he wasn’t even on the ballot that year. The brothers also signed.
Ziglitt then claimed that, “They told me all I had to do was sign that paper and that was it.” The statement continues the same pattern of the many voters who have already testified in the trial, in which they were tricked into signing the form while the rest of the information was filled in by the Democrats themselves
Joseph Mammone then took the stand himseld. He claimed that, “She said sign it and I did. I have no idea what it was.” He was referring to his sister, who had already been convinced to sign the ballot.
Taking advantage of the mentally handicapped. Is that a normal political tactic as well?
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Gird your loins for 2012, conservatives. A voter fraud case in upstate New York should serve as a reminder of what crooked politicians are willing to try during an election year.
The election fraud in Troy grows ever larger…
Via the Times Union:
A grand jury investigating ballot fraud in a 2009 primary indicted City Councilman Gary Galuski. He is the eighth person to face charges in connection with the probe.
Galuski was arraigned Wednesday afternoon in Rensselaer County Court by Greene County Court Judge George J. Pulver. Galuski pleaded not guilty.
Galuski was charged with four counts of first-degree falsifying business records.
The case centers around fraudulent attempts to get Democrat candidates on the ballot for the Working Families Party. The problem with the WFP? Roger Stone reports:
The WFP has been proven to be nothing more than a front for ACORN and its left-ward agenda.
WFP is used by ACORN as a sledge hammer to force Democrats to toe the Union line. WFP was founded by key members of ACORN, and shares many of its political strategies. The WFP has listed ACORN as an affiliate program directly on their Web site.
For those thinking ACORN has disbanded in New York, think again. They simply had a name change to New York Communities for Change.
I covered corruption in the local WFP a year ago:
The question is, why wouldn’t the Working Families Party fight for the integrity of their own voting and registration process by ensuring these things do not reoccur? The answer is, they are nothing than a bastion of corrupt politics.
What you won’t see in any media report is the long-established history between the WFP and the uber-corrupt former organization known as ACORN. ACORN has recently fallen on hard times but much like the Hydra from Greek mythology, if you cut off one head, two more will grow in it’s place.
The WFP has been shown to be nothing more than a front for ACORN and its radical policies. Why?
- RedState has demonstrated that the WFP was founded by key members of ACORN, and shares many of its political strategies.
- The WFP has listed ACORN as an affiliate program directly on their Web site.
- Roger Stone calls the New York Working Families Party “one of ACORN’s most successful projects”.
- The New York Post analyzes the many shady dealings of the WFP, and its affiliation with ACORN.
When the upstate voter fraud case first broke, the Times Union interviewed Karen Scharff, co-chair of the Capital District WFP. A little digging on Scharff’s political history reveals the following:
- Scharff has been involved in health care meetings coordinated by her group, Citizen Action, and ACORN. A picture of one such event appears on the Times Union blog.
- Her name appears on a letter of support for ACORN, in which criticism of their work is labeled as ‘mainly partisan’ attacks.
- An article regarding the power of fusion politics, a tactic used by the WFP, shows Scharff’s activism in the election of Albany District Attorney, David Soares. The article covers the tandem work of the WFP and Citizen Action, along with the strong ties that the WFP has with ACORN. One key element here is the mention of Bertha Lewis who is described as ‘the executive director of ACORN’s New York City chapter’. Lewis also serves as co-chair for the WFP.
- Another article celebrating the Soares victory appears in the Nation, in which Scharff’s WFP work is mentioned alongside the work of Dan Cantor. Cantor also serves as Executive Director for the WFP, and was national organizer for the ‘New Party’ in the ‘90s, a socialist group with strong ties to ACORN. In fact, the New Ground described the New Party’s ‘biggest asset and biggest liability’ as ACORN.
- Scharff serves on the Advisory Board for the Center for Working Families, alongside Jon Kest, Director of the New York Association of Community Organization for Reform Now.
Scharff, of course, continues to show up on advisory boards with members from the newly named ACORN.
Read more of my report at Emerging Corruption…