Skip to main content

“I have a couple friends that I play basketball with who are black and I’m sure I’m going to get a few elbows that next time we play.”
Charlie Webster
Riiiiiiight. That's the Charlie Webster who is the retiring chairman of the Republican Party of Maine. He is all hot and bothered over reports that black people—can you imagine? actual black people, dozens of them in some towns—showed up at the polls on Election Day. And nobody recognized them.

Clearly, something is amiss in one of the whitest states in the union. Clearly, those voters must have been bused in from ... uh ... Kenya or somewhere. Fraud obviously. And Webster plans to get to the bottom of it even though he has come under fire for his remarks from critics, including several in his own party. That party lost by big margins in Maine Nov. 6, obviously spurring Webster to search for excuses for the losses. In face of the complaints, he now says he regrets having singled out blacks during a stunningly cliched election post-mortem interview with the local NBC affiliate in which he talked about Democrats luring voters to the polls with warnings about loss of food stamps and welfare:

"Everybody has a right to vote, but nobody in town knows anyone who’s black. How did that happen? I don’t know. We’re going to find out …"

A day ago, Webster reiterated the claims in an interview with the Portland Press Herald:

"I'm not talking about 15 or 20. I'm talking hundreds," he said. "I'm not politically correct and maybe I shouldn't have said these voters were black, but anyone who suggests I have a bias toward any race or group, frankly, that's sleazy."
Frankly, that's not what's sleazy. This isn't the first time Webster has alleged voter fraud. He's made baseless accusations of cheating at the polls by college students, for instance.

Some Republicans, including Kenneth Fredette, the new minority leader of Maine's House of Representatives—which was returned to Democratic control by the election—said Webster's comments weren't helpful because the party needs to be more welcoming. And Lance Dutson, a prominent Maine Republican who has worked for Sen. Susan Collins, tweeted that Webster should resign immediately.

A new Republican state chairman will be elected in December. Perhaps the next one will try to avoid sounding like a transplanted 1950s Dixiecrat.

 

Originally posted to Meteor Blades on Thu Nov 15, 2012 at 01:47 PM PST.

Also republished by Daily Kos.

EMAIL TO A FRIEND X
Your Email has been sent.
You must add at least one tag to this diary before publishing it.

Add keywords that describe this diary. Separate multiple keywords with commas.
Tagging tips - Search For Tags - Browse For Tags

?

More Tagging tips:

A tag is a way to search for this diary. If someone is searching for "Barack Obama," is this a diary they'd be trying to find?

Use a person's full name, without any title. Senator Obama may become President Obama, and Michelle Obama might run for office.

If your diary covers an election or elected official, use election tags, which are generally the state abbreviation followed by the office. CA-01 is the first district House seat. CA-Sen covers both senate races. NY-GOV covers the New York governor's race.

Tags do not compound: that is, "education reform" is a completely different tag from "education". A tag like "reform" alone is probably not meaningful.

Consider if one or more of these tags fits your diary: Civil Rights, Community, Congress, Culture, Economy, Education, Elections, Energy, Environment, Health Care, International, Labor, Law, Media, Meta, National Security, Science, Transportation, or White House. If your diary is specific to a state, consider adding the state (California, Texas, etc). Keep in mind, though, that there are many wonderful and important diaries that don't fit in any of these tags. Don't worry if yours doesn't.

You can add a private note to this diary when hotlisting it:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from your hotlist?
Are you sure you want to remove your recommendation? You can only recommend a diary once, so you will not be able to re-recommend it afterwards.
Rescue this diary, and add a note:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from Rescue?
Choose where to republish this diary. The diary will be added to the queue for that group. Publish it from the queue to make it appear.

You must be a member of a group to use this feature.

Add a quick update to your diary without changing the diary itself:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary?
(The diary will be removed from the site and returned to your drafts for further editing.)
(The diary will be removed.)
Are you sure you want to save these changes to the published diary?

Comment Preferences

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

Click here for the mobile view of the site