Kerry's brother speaks out
We haven't yet heard a public statement from John Kerry about the growing concerns about irregularities, but after a large email campaign began to send things to Kerry's brother, Cameron, Cameron has now responded with a public email/statement:
From: "Cameron Kerry"
Date: November 9, 2004 3:00:01 PM EST
Subject: Election Day 2004
I am grateful to the many people who have contacted me to express their
deep concern about questions of miscounting, fraud, vote suppression, and
other problems on election day, especially in Florida and Ohio. Their
concern reflects how much people care about the outcome of this election.
I want to you to know we are not ignoring it. Election protection lawyers
are still on the job in Ohio and Florida and in DC making sure all the
votes are counted accurately. I have been conferring with lawyers
involved and have made them aware of the information and concerns people
have given me. Even if the facts don't provide a basis to change the
outcome, the information will inform the continuing effort to protect the
integrity of our elections.
If you have specific factual information about voting problems that could
be helpful to the lawyers doing their job, please send it to email@example.com
rather than to me.
The election protection effort has been important to me personally, and I
am proud of the 17,000 lawyers around the country who helped. It's
obvious that we have a way to go still, but their efforts helped make a
difference. Their work goes on.
While some of this email comes across as an apologia for the "army of 17,000 Democratic lawyers" that apparently didn't do quite enough of a good job, it does, at least, affirm that the Kerry inner cadre is aware of the irregularities and are moving ahead to address and seek explanation for them.
But in addition to lawyers: I've heard word that professors and statisticians are also uniting in an effort to explain some of the irregularities. Sounds like a smart strategy to me -- both by grounding it within a university setting (read: non-partisan and legitimate) and taking an approach to display how while some of the results of this election may be plausible, they aren't that probable. Or by giving a legitimate non-partisan debunking so that we can shed the concerns. As the boy from Tupelo said, we can't go on living with suspicious minds...