The CBS News Investigative Unit has learned a man who was a field coordinator in Congressman Patrick McHenry’s (R-NC) 2004 campaign has been indicted for voter fraud in North Carolina.
The indictment charges that Michael Aaron Lay, 26, illegally cast his ballot in two 2004 Congressional primary run-offs in which McHenry was a candidate. The charges indicate that Lay voted in a district where it was not legal for him to vote.
At the time Lay was listed as a resident in a home owned by 32-year-old McHenry but campaign records indicate Lay’s paychecks were sent to an address in Tennessee. McHenry won the primary by only 86 votes. According to Gaston County, North Carolina District Attorney Locke Bell, Lay was indicted on Monday, May 7 by a local grand jury.
There’s a whole lot more to the story than that, and so many people have blogged about it that anything I say would be redundant. So, I’ll just give directions on how to find the good stuff.
Start at Interstate Q. for question on why this young man was leaving his “legal residence” with the congress man at 4:30 on a Thursday morning, on his way back to school. Stop over at Democrats.Com and see Bob Fertick for more back-story on McHenry. Get off at the exit for Blogactive, and keep going past the three other young, male voters who’ve taken up residence with the congressman at some point or another. Or, if you prefer a short cut to the scenic route, just go over to Queerty for a speedy rundown, and take a detour around the blog declaring “war” on “known perverts, louts, and corrupt common criminals” in the Republican party. (Talk about your “war without end”!)
And if that’s not enough, stop by Bradblog for news of how Ann Coulter’s ex-boyfriend tried to get her off the hook in her own voter fraud scandal
First, Lambiet reports that the Palm Beach Sheriffs Office, which had been investigating the matter, has closed the case after an FBI agent interceded on Coulter’s behalf. The PBSO had been investigating Coulter’s fraudulent, knowing use of the wrong address on her voter registration form, a third-degree felony, and the fact that she subsequently, knowingly voted at the wrong precinct.
Second, the reason offered by the FBI man for Coulter’s use of a phony address on her form — actually that of her Palm Beach County real estate agent — was because of claims that she was being “stalked” by a conservative BRAD BLOG guest blogger!
After the FBI intercession, as Lambiet reports, the PBSO investigator shut down the probe “without interviewing Coulter; a Realtor, whose Indian Road address Coulter used; or neighbors of Coulter’s Seabreeze homestead.”
… The BRAD BLOG spoke this morning with the “stalker” in question, as named by Lambiet, longtime Coulter critic, and founder of Citizens for Principled Conservatism, Dan Borchers, who tells us that “Ann Coulter used a false allegation as a ‘get out of jail free card'” on her voter fraud charges.
He also tells us something that Lambiet didn’t mention in his report: The FBI man in question, Supervisory Special Agent Jim Fitzgerald, was Coulter’s former boyfriend!
…”Fitzgerald was Ann Coulter’s boyfriend in 1998 and 1999,” Borchers told The BRAD BLOG, “And since then, she has used him as her personal FBI resources for her own purposes.”…
What other purposes she “used him for” are — thankfully — not reported.