A strange story has emerged out of Arizona that once again shows that the Republican Party’s ranks are filled with individuals who care not one iota for the truth. The Guardian reports that two young Republican men from the Grand Canyon State organized a “sting” on Democratic Congressman Tom O’Holleran that quickly went sideways.
The two men, who called themselves Jose Rosales and Ahmahd Sadia, visited O’Holleran’s campaign offices to make a $39.68 donation (in a jar) for which they demanded a receipt addressed to the Northern Arizona University Communist Party. They claimed that they were members of the group, which wasn’t yet official but had begun to hold meetings.
The men were informed that they’d receive their receipt by email not a physical copy in person, at which point one of them scratched out an email address (presumably fake) that he had written on his forms and added a different one. Understandably, the bizarre behavior of the men made O’Holleran’s office suspicious of their intentions.
After the men left, campaign Finance Director Lindsay Coleman drove to the nearby GOP field office on a hunch. Upon her arrival, the man who had told them his name was Jose Rosales sheepishly emerged from one of the offices. His name was revealed to really be Oscar and he was identified as a field organizer for the state’s Republican Party apparatus. Coleman returned the money to him and told him that he’d broken the law because it’s illegal to make campaign contributions using a fake name.
She made sure to get the whole thing on video.
So, here's what we're up against.
Tom's finance director smelled a rat.
Here she is, returning the money to the GOP office. pic.twitter.com/wfc6EAiapA
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This embarrassing incident is a laughable example of Republicans acting both unscrupulously and incompetently, but it’s also a very serious reminder that the GOP will stop at nothing to win, even if it means breaking the law.
Their party is becoming increasingly aware that they can’t win elections on issues alone. Americans, in general, prefer the Democratic platform. The GOP relies on voter suppression, gerrymandering, and antiquated election rules to stay in control. It’s worth pointing out for the umpteenth time Hillary Clinton received around three million more votes than Donald Trump and yet he’s still president.
The only way to beat these people is to show up en masse at the polls on election day and rack up enough votes to outweigh all their dirty tricks.
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Original reporting by Ben Jacobs.