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Rich Fitzgerald’s mad voter ID plan

So what do you do if you’re a Democrat, the third-most-powerful elected leader in Pennsylvania, and in a conniption fit over the new voter ID law that you think is “disenfranchising” but remains the law of the commonwealth as it continues to wend its way through the courts as the Nov. 6 election rapidly approaches?

If you’re Rich Fitzgerald, Allegheny County’s chief executive, you propose a bizarre and specious voter ID program of your own that would flood the electoral zone with tamper-inviting, fraud-promoting 8.5-by-11-inch sheets of regular paper issued under the authority of two newly christened election-integrity watchdogs — the John J. Kane Regional Centers and Community College of Allegheny County.

As 19th-century German poet Heinrich Heine once so eloquently put it, “Ordinarily he is insane, but he has lucid moments when he is only stupid.”

Nationally recognized voter-fraud expert Heather Heidelbaugh (she helped crack ACORN), a Republican Allegheny County councilwoman, calls Mr. Fitzgerald’s proposal a “circumvention” of the law. It is.

Pennsylvania Department of State spokesman Ron Ruman says the Kanes’ and CCAC’s ID-issuing authority is necessarily intended for those directly associated with those institutions. It is.

Eating on the Shakespearean “insane root that takes reason prisoner” is not “leadership.” It does, however, call into serious question Rich Fitzgerald’s motives.


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