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The GOP’s anti-Ritchie talking points

Not that anyone had any doubt, but the National Republican Senatorial Committee is going after DFL Secretary of State Mark Ritchie, according to talking points unearthed by the political site Talking Points Memo.

TPM’s Zachary Roth writes:

Despite the backgrounder’s sometimes hysterical compilation of anti-Ritchie greatest hits … there’s no evidence that Ritchie has ever used his role as the state’s top elections administrator to advantage Democrats.

But that likely misses the point of the GOP gambit, which appears to be to cast public doubt on the integrity of the recount process, thereby bolstering Coleman’s claim that’s he’s the rightful winner and that a recount is unnecessary — just the strategy pursued by George Bush’s campaign in Florida in 2000.

Comments (2)

  1. Submitted by Annalise Cudahy on 11/11/2008 - 05:15 pm.

    Take note, Minnesota:

    We have people from Washington telling everyone how sleazy we are.

    Remember that this all oozed out of the corrupt sinkhole that is the root of a lot of various evils. NO ONE in Minnesota is saying this crap, it’s all being directed from afar.

  2. Submitted by david zuhn on 11/11/2008 - 06:06 pm.

    How many of these Republicans made comments in 2000 about how Katherine Harris was being non-partisan in her duties relevant to the Florida recount? Especially as she was a campaign co-chair, which Ritchie I believe has stayed away from. That was considered fair by the national GOP at the time.

    Or will the GOP come out in favor of explicitly non-partisan races for Secretaries of State across the country?

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