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June 03, 2006

Would-Be Democratic Congresswoman: Illegal Immigrants Don't Need "Papers" To Vote

Making her pitch to illegal immigrants Undocumented Americans to vote illegally for her.

She claims she "mispoke." As the old Kinsely definition of a "gaffe" goes, she "mispoke" in the sense that she accidentally said what she really believes.

If an election can turn on a sentence, this could be the one: “You don't need papers for voting.”

On Thursday night, Francine Busby, the Democratic candidate for the 50th Congressional District, was speaking before a largely Latino crowd in Escondido when she uttered those words. She said yesterday she simply misspoke.

But someone taped it and a recording began circulating yesterday. After she made that statement at the meeting, Busby immediately said: “You don't need to be a registered voter to help (the campaign).”

She said that subsequent statement was to clarify what she meant.

The recording, which was played yesterday on Roger Hedgecock's radio talk show, jolted the campaign.

...

Busby said she was invited to the forum at the Jocelyn Senior Center in Escondido by the leader of a local soccer league. Many of the 50 or so people there were Spanish speakers. Toward the end, a man in the audience asked in Spanish: “I want to help, but I don't have papers.”

It was translated and Busby replied: “Everybody can help, yeah, absolutely, you can all help. You don't need papers for voting, you don't need to be a registered voter to help.”

Bilbray said at worst, Busby was encouraging someone to vote illegally. At best, she was encouraging someone who is illegally in the country to work on her campaign.

“She's soliciting illegal aliens to campaign for her and it's on tape – this isn't exactly what you call the pinnacle of ethical campaign strategy,” Bilbray said. “I don't know how she shows her face.”

She's right, though: You don't need papers to vote in this country. You don't have to be an American. The Democrats stop all efforts to require voters to show ID.

I've never shown ID when I voted. Have you?

They know they need those illegal votes.

This is just the worst sort of cynicism. The Democrats claim to be champions of deomocracy, but they support the subversion of the absolute keystone of democracy-- majority vote by actual American citizens.


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