Last Sunday, the Cincinnati Enquirer told us what everyone already knew — that the First District rematch between Steve Driehaus, D-Pelosi, and Steve Chabot, R-Reagan, is a diorama that shows the whole national picture. It has attracted national attention as a proxy for everything voters are angry about this year — Obamacare, runaway spending, crushing debt, Pelosi radicalism, abortion, you-name-it.
So allegations of voter fraud in the contest would be pretty big news, right? Not in the Enquirer.
The accusations could not be more serious. Tom Brinkman and Chris Finney of COAST have filed a lawsuit alleging that students at Hughes High School were bused to the polls and given sample ballots listing Democrats only — then, after voting, they were taken out for ice cream.
Cincinnati Public Schools officials denied they were involved — but the kids were allegedly taken to the polls during school hours, so it’s pretty hard to believe CPS was not somehow involved. And this is far worse than the typical ACORN voter fraud of bribing homeless vagrants with cigarettes and Whoppers. In this case, high school students have been exploited to corrupt an election. That means that their first experience with voting was cynically manipulated by Democrats and their supporters to rig an election.
Anyone who would do that deserves to be prosecuted and fired.
Who is involved? The teachers union? CPS? The Driehaus campaign? Why was this story buried on B5, near the back of the Local section, at the bottom of the page?
And why does CPS approve of taking students out of class so they can vote? Since when is it OK to waste public money and classroom time to “get out the vote”? Are we supposed to believe teachers and their union do NOT provide instruction on the way those kids should vote?
After working for 18 years in the newsroom at the Enquirer, I can guarantee this much: If similar voter allegations had been made against the Republican, it would have been on Page One.