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June 23, 2004
A Poor Response

The AP has updated its story on the use of convicted felons in door-to-door canvassing for Democratic voter registration drives by Americans Coming Together. The story now includes a response from the Kerry campaign, which figures to be the beneficiary of ACT's $100 million effort this election cycle, a response that certainly does nothing to bolster confidence in Kerry's concern for public safety:

Although it works against the re-election of President Bush, ACT is an independent group not affiliated with Kerry's campaign federal law forbids such coordination. Yet ACT is stocked with veteran Democratic political operatives, many with past ties to Kerry and his advisers.

Allison Dobson, a spokeswoman with the Kerry campaign, said there is no coordination with ACT, and of the policy: "We're unaware of it and have nothing to do with it."

The Kerry campaign site's press-release page doesn't mention it at all. Instead, today's entries cover the Senator's position on increasing international participation in Iraq and, unbelievably, a scolding essay on HMOs. John Kerry wants to argue about health care while his allies send convicted sex offenders and thieves to your house to get your personal information!

I fully understand the necessity of not coordinating with 527s, but as ACT apparently has received the funding necessary to do the lion's share of the Democrats' voter-registration drives this cycle, it falls to party leadership to let us know in no uncertain terms whether they intend to tolerate ACT's dangerous policies. Does the former district attorney think that hiring sex offenders, burglars, and other assorted felons to handle your identity information and visit your families is the best policy for maintaining public safety? After his election, does Kerry plan on using the same people into law-enforcement and other sensitive government positions, and if not, why do the Democrats countenance their involvement now?

I think that giving opportunities to ex-cons can be admirable, as long as the situations remain controlled and the potential for public harm is kept to a minimum. Let the felons work in the office, answering phones and coordinating logistics for events, but keep them away from my house, my family, and my identification. If John Kerry and the Democrats can't understand this basic concept, then it confirms their poor understanding of security and law enforcement. If Kerry understands it but simply refuses to take action to protect us (or even declare his disapproval), then it's even worse -- it demonstrates a willingness to sell us out for his personal gain.

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Posted by Ed Morrissey at June 23, 2004 11:08 PM

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