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Von Spakovsky must not be confirmed..

As I wrote Monday, this guy is a bag of batshit and must not be confirmed. As this Slate article reminds us..it’s another of Bush’s ‘fox guarding the henhouse’ scenarios. Von baby was another of Bush’s recess appointments. Isn’t that always the damn case? Of course it is..he does it because he knows the guy doesn’t have a snowballs chance in hell of being confirmed or he just wants his way and no damn lip about it..

With the Democrats giving the Decider just about everything he asks for..it makes me wonder what Bush is afraid of? Seriously..the Dem’s are his biggest allies lately..toss our rights under the bus in the Protect America Act bullshit..and giving the Jackass-in-Chief all the money he wants to run his miserable war. From the Slate article we get an idea of how dangerous this freak is:

Von Spakovsky currently sits on the FEC as a result of a recess appointment made by President Bush in January of 2006. Before that he served as counsel to the assistant attorney general in the Civil Rights Division at Justice. Von Spakovsky’s Senate confirmation hearing last June was noteworthy for many oddities, not the least of which was a letter sent to the rules committee by six former career professionals in the voting rights section of the Justice Department; folks who had worked under both Republican and Democratic administrations for a period that spanned 36 years. The letter urged the committee to reject von Spakovsky on the grounds that while at DoJ, he was one of the architects of a transformation in the voting rights section from its “historic mission to enforce the nation’s civil rights laws without regard to politics, to pursuing an agenda which placed the highest priority on the partisan political goals of the political appointees who supervised the Section.” The authors named him as the “point person for undermining the Civil Rights Division’s mandate to protect voting rights.”

Among his numerous accomplishments at the Voting Section at DoJ, von Spakovsky can take credit for approving the Tom DeLay-sponsored midcensus redistricting in Texas—part of which was later deemed by the Supreme Court to have violated the Voting Rights Act. (To do so, von Spakovsky overrode a 73-page memo written by seven voting-rights experts finding that the DeLay scheme violated the Voting Rights Act by reducing minority voting strength in Texas.) Von Spakovsky similarly pushed for approval of Georgia’s restrictive voter-ID law, again over the four-to-one objection of staff lawyers who (in a 51-page memo this time) felt the new law would disenfranchise black voters. State and federal courts later found that statute unconstitutional.

So, if your of like mind..you surely don’t want this jerkwad to run anything else in our federal government right? Call your reps and tell them to vote against confirming this piece of bat guano…its the least you can do to Protect America from the likes of more reactionary, evil and downright fucked up Rethuglicans.

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Action Item: Von Spakovsky is a tool..


From ActForChange:

If there was one official in the Department of Justice who did more than Alberto Gonzales to inject partisan politics into the supposedly impartial administration of our nation’s laws, it was Hans von Spakovsky. He overruled the rest of his department in approving a Texas redistricting plan revised by Tom Delay as well as a restrictive voter ID law in Georgia. He also instigated unnecessary purges of the voter rolls designed to benefit Republican candidates, and openly used partisan criteria in deciding who should get promotions at DOJ.

Now, President Bush wants him to take a permanent seat on the Federal Elections Commission (FEC) — the body that oversees our nation’s laws on financing of federal elections. But one of your Senators sits on the Rules Committee that will vote on von Spakovsky’s nomination this Wednesday — so send a message today that the Senate should reject this nomination immediately.

Von Spakovsky’s tenure at the Department of Justice was so bad that six former career professionals at DOJ have written a letter to Senate leaders opposing his nomination to the FEC. Just a few of their reasons for opposing von Spakovsky include:

* He played a major role in injecting partisan politics into the decision-making process on law enforcement actions, as well as hiring and promotion practices at DOJ.
* He demanded that supervisors alter performance evaluations for individuals with whom he did not agree.
* He refused to recuse himself from the Georgia voter ID issue even though he was well known to be biased in favor of the Georgia proponents of the measure.
* He tried to impede the enforcement of the Help America Vote Act by recommending that voters be kept off the rolls for typographical errors or other mistakes made by election officials.
* He drafted legal briefs supporting Republicans concerning elections in Ohio, Michigan, and Florida just before the 2004 election — in violation of the policy that the Civil Rights Division should not inject itself into politics on the eve of an election.

The administration of justice should always be nonpartisan — especially when it concerns the most fundamental right of our democracy, the right to vote. Tell your Senators to reject Hans von Spakovsky and compel the President to nominate a more suitable and ethical candidate for the position of Federal Elections Commissioner.

Click HERE to send letters to your representatives.

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