Thanks, but no thanks.
I have been voting for many years now, and have never once had someone working for a candidate come to my door to offer to take care of registering for me. I prefer to register the legal way, all by myself. I find it difficult to trust the "congressman from ACORN" with my voting information. After all, the man is implicated in election shenanigans already:
Please note the use of Alinsky Rule #5 when deflecting questioning about the tea party allegations in an interview with CNN:
5. "Ridicule is man's most potent weapon. It is almost impossible to counteract ridicule. Also it infuriates the opposition, which then reacts to your advantage."
This rule seems to be his personal motto. Hopefully Alinsky meant he should make a complete ass out of himself in the process, because if so, Grayson nailed it.
Grayson denies any connection to this scandal, but he seems to think he is too smart by half and that Tea Party supporters are idiots, so why not try to pull the wool over their eyes? After all, he's been so very supportive of the tea
The question is, would he really stoop to such things? He can certainly afford it - he's the 7th richest member of the House (ranked 12th when you include the Senate). In addition, on a list of 30 vulnerable House seats, he ranks 13th. As an accomplished lawyer, there is a good chance he knows how to set up organizations and make it nearly impossible to discover who controls them.
That covers means, motive and ability. All that's left is a concrete tie to Public Opinion Strategies. Channel 6's Tony Pipitone seems tenacious, so hopefully he will find more information.
In the meantime, Grayson seems to be taking a two-pronged approach to this election. He understands his district is historically republican, so attempting to split the ticket by setting up and funding a 'tea party' candidate seems like a logical way to pull out a win in November. The 'Congressman from ACORN' is also apparently taking on the voter registration duties of the allegedly defunct organization now as well, if the door-to-door experience I had today was any indication. That's a scary thought.
With a little luck, Pipitone will uncover the missing link, and the story will get legs. Until then, please be sure to check out Grayson's legitimate opponents:
Patricia Sullivan, Bruce O’Donoghue, Dan Fanelli, Peg Dunmire, Kurt Kelly, Todd Long and Steven Gerritzen (Whig).