Before I get to the primary results tonight, I’m playing catch up on some of the news of primary day.
Following up on Stuart’s post earlier today that the Obama campaign was reprimanded for “dirty tricks” in Ohio today, 2008Central.net reported earlier that “the Clinton Campaign held an urgent press call to discuss reported incidents of voting irregularities and intimidation taking place at primary conventions (caucuses) across the state of Texas.” Hmmm… more dirty tricks from the “hope” campaign:
Bob Bauer, Obama Campaign’s General Counsel, was on the call and engaged Clinton’s staff (much to their surprise).
The exchange between Bauer and the Clinton staff became heated.
Some of the specific reports of irregularities/intimidation (per Clinton campaign):
- Precincts 18 and 24: Obama campaign took precincts chair’s materials.
- Precincts 75, 851, 2052 in Harris County: Obama supporters have taken control of precinct convention (caucus), they reportedly refused to allow any Clinton supporters in, but were allowing Obama supporters in.
- The Clinton campaign said tonight that Obama precinct workers illegally obtained caucus packets in the following Texas caucus precincts:
- Precinct 2316 in Tarrant County
- Precinct 1205 in Dallas County
- Precinct 3127 in Bexar County
- Precinct 3082 in Ft. Bend County
- Precinct 18/224 in Harris County (Houston)
- Precinct 3221 Dallas county
- Precinct 87 in El Paso County
- Precinct 458 in Travis County
The Clinton Campaign has released a memo that provides a bit more detail for their allegations.
You can listen to the entire conference call here.
Mark Ambinder notes, ” basically, whoever “gets the packet” controls the caucus.”
Technically, before the caucus begins at 7:15 CT, the packet is controlled by the precinct judge. But in reality, it might just be laying on a table somewhere. The Clinton campaign claims to have evidence that Obama supporters have, in eight instances, obtained in far in advance, which violates the rules set out by the state party.
There’s nothing the state party can or will do. They’re overwhelmed at the moment.
And from Politico:
After Bauer dropped off the call, Wolfson spelled out the lawyer’s name for a reporter and gave a nod to his “vigorous defense of the indefensible.”
“He didn’t deny anything,” added Clinton lawyer Lyn Utrecht.
Wolfson also saw an opening: “We look forward to asking our own questions” in future Obama conference calls, he said.