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Republicans Urge Leaders to Act on Contested Election

Friday, 10 November 2000 12:00 AM

In Maryland, Republican National Committeewoman Ellen Sauerbrey reports having received "numerous calls from Republicans anxious and frustrated. Many are afraid that because they are not hearing a lot of noise from our side that we are going to cede this battle to the Democrats."

"Not to fear," the two-time GOP candidate for Maryland governor said. She requested any information regarding any irregularities Republican voters may have encountered Tuesday.

Specifically, Sauerbrey said, it had come to her attention that some voters were turned away at the polls because they were not on the rolls after registering at the Motor Vehicle Administration (through the widely criticized "Motor Voter" law imposed upon the states) or because they had voted by absentee ballot in the primary.

Sauerbrey has some experience with fighting back when some suspicious irregularities indicate a Democrat attempt to steal an election. She fought back in court, albeit without success, when she believed irregularities may have denied her victory in her close race for governor in 1994.

Conservative allies of the Republican Party are among those warning of consequences to be paid if the party does not stand up and fight and be prepared to engage in trench warfare to prevent the Demcorats from stealing the election from Bush.

As NewsMax.com noted in a previous report, Americans for Tax Reform President Grover Norquist has warned that the Democrats will stop at nothing to "cheat their way to victory" if they sense losing the executive and the legislative branches of Congress.

Paul Weyrich, president of the Free Congress Foundation, has warned that conservatives face "an enormous challenge" in the days ahead, both in dealing with reports of fraud in the elections and in dealing with the Democrats and the liberals in governing and legislating even if George W. Bush is certified the winner.

Almost at the very moment Weyrich was speaking, Senate Democrat leader Tom Daschle was telling reporters on Capitol Hill that the Republicans, who will have a slimmed-down majority when the new Senate meets in January, will have to live with "power sharing" and agree to "bipartisanship" if they want to get anything done.

That was an unsubtle threat to tie up the Senate and shut it down for any meaningful business unless the Democrats are allowed to call the shots. Everyone in this town knows and understands that when the Democrats talk about "bipartisanship," they mean Republicans caving in to Democrats.

It is hard to imagine House Majority Whip Tom DeLay agreeing to any "caving in" on the House side. The Texas lawmaker has told NewsMax.com that his troops won the budget battle against President Clinton, who tried to use the veto pen to hold them hostage before election.

"We have won this battle with Bill Clinton," he said in a pre-election statement. One can hardly picture the principled and politically street-smart House leader being any more ready to be pushed around in the post-election lame-duck session or in the new Congress meeting in January.

The angriest statement from a GOP ally has come from Gary Aldrich, who heads the Patrick Henry Center. He has said the Republican Party should either "lead or get out of the way" in this post-election battle to save Bush’s hard-won victory.

Aldrich, best remembered for his bombshell book "Unlimited Access," where he revealed law-breaking, security breaches and other outrages at the Clinton White House when he was there in his capacity as an FBI agent, said Republicans still have to learn that Democrats "think everything is fair as long as they can win."

"Somewhere in Florida and Tennessee," he added, "they’ve set up war rooms to conduct a full-scale attack on this election, and they mean to take this victory away from George Bush no matter what they have to do to get it done."

Warning Republicans who may be under the illusion that their opponents are capable of doing the statesmanlike thing, Aldrich warned that "you must understand that they will lie. They will bribe. They will accuse the Bush campaign of doing exactly what they themselves are doing, and they will not blush or be embarrassed to make allegations they know are absolutely false.

"Even now they are laying a foundation for this bloodless coup. They have already told you that Al Gore will not concede. Al Gore has already told you that he will not concede. What more evidence do you need?"

The retired FBI man accused Republicans of "already running for cover ... hiding under their beds, wringing their sweaty hands, having a phone conference call, or having a focus group or a polling. They are doing everything but taking the offensive."

Aldrich said if party leaders don’t go on offense now, "We will storm the gates of the GOP at every level and we will overhaul this ineffective, bureaucratic, lackluster organization in ways that will shock even the most hardened Democratic warriors."

"Lead, for God’s sake!" he demanded.

There are some signs that well-placed party operatives are taking offense, though probably not to the extent that Aldrich and others would like.

Bush-Cheney spokesman Ari Fleischer says Pat Buchanan’s 3,407 votes in Palm Beach County did not come from "confusing ballots" but from the fact that the county is "a Pat Buchanan stronghold."

He points out that according to the Florida Department of State, 16,695 voters in Palm Beach are registered to the Independent Party, the Reform Party or the American Reform Party, an increase of 110 percent since the 1996 election.

Fleischer goes on to accuse the Democrats of "politicizing and distorting these routine and predictable events" and risking "doing our democracy a disservice."

Ellen Sauerbrey, the Maryland GOP official, says the contested "butterfly ballot" about which Democrats have complained in Palm Beach County is also used in Cook County, Ill., home of Bill Daley, Gore’s campaign manager.

Meanwhile, Sen. Christopher Bond, R-Mo., charges widespread fraud in St. Louis election night, and has asked the U.S. attorney and FBI to investigate. The senator urged U.S. Attorney Audrey Fleissig and FBI Director Louis Freeh to take custody of the ballot and election records to ensure against "further tampering."

Finally, some in the Bush camp have indicated if the Gore people don’t back off, they’ll move to start poking around in other states that Gore carried under questionable circumstances.

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