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MN FOX Affiliate Blames Kiffmeyer Hire On Mark Ritchie

Posted by Phoenix Woman on July 19, 2012

Somebody really needs to send the folks at the local Murdoch Media outlet a working calendar. They might then know, as Sally Jo Sorensen points out, that the person they want to hang around current Minnesota Secretary of State Mark Ritchie’s neck was actually hired by his predecessor, voter-suppression maven and ALEC in Minnesota leader Mary Kiffmeyer:

In Bluestem’s reading about the case, we noticed that Oluremi George was reported to have worked for the State of Minnesota for seven years. Since 2012-7 = 2005, we wondered who had hired her and whether she had always worked in the Secretary of State’s office.

That question is answered in a couple of articles in the St. Paul Pioneer Press. Yesterday, Elisabeth Mohr reported in State employee indicted on federal fraud charges:

Using the Ayoola name, George was hired by then-Secretary of State Mary Kiffmeyer in 2005 as a temporary office specialist. In 2006, she was promoted to administrative specialist, according to Pat Turgeon, spokeswoman for the office.

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These facts raise some questions for former Secretary of State Mary Kiffmeyer.

1. This person was hired and then promoted by Mary Kiffmeyer. Does she or or her chief staff Kent Kaiser know if there was some special reason why George was hired?

2. Why was George  promoted during the Kiffmeyer administration? Were there any special reasons why George was promoted?

3. George voted illegally under Secretary Kiffmeyer’s watch in 2004. Did Kiffmeyer know this and ignore it, or was she not aware of the vote? What measures did she have in place to address this sort of fraud? As Steve Drazkowski asked of Mark Ritchie, did this woman run the state’s voter data base? 

We know from a press release issued by Ritchie’s office that George’s job was clerical assistant in the business services office, located in a completely different location from all elections staff. Information about her responsibilities under Secretary Kiffmeyer could be obtained by calling her directly. Perhaps the conservative bloggers attacking Mark Ritchie could give Mary Kiffmeyer a call.

(By the way: Sally Jo is not getting paid by any group to do the excellent work she does, though lots of people try to steal her stuff without credit, much less linking back to her reporting. Let’s help her out a touch, eh?)

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Bachmann Supporter: John McCain = Henri Petain

Posted by Phoenix Woman on July 19, 2012

How can you tell the increasingly-rare occasions when John McCain says or does something decent and principled? When the nutcase base of the GOP launches viciously stupid and brain-dead attacks against him.

Ken Avidor has the deets:

Bachmann does have at least one defender – Walid Shoebat defends Bachmann and compares John McCain to Nazi collaborator Marshal Petain:

John McCain is coming precariously close to a legacy similar to that of Henri-Philippe Petain, a French WWI hero who became a traitor in WWII when he conspired with the Nazis.

Does Michele Bachmann agree with Walid Shoebat that Senator McCain is “precariously close” to being a traitor?

Anderson Cooper did some digging about Walid Shobat – read: “Ex-terrorist’ rakes in homeland security bucks”

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