In a delicious bit of irony, this weekend the owner of a firm hired by the California Republican Party to register tens of thousands of voters was arrested in Ontario, CA on suspicion of voter registration fraud. After weeks of demonizing ACORN for alleged voter registration fraud, it looks like karma has gotten the best of the Republican attack machine.
Mark Jacoby, owner of Young Political Majors (YPM), was arrested by state investigators and the Ontario Police Department late Saturday after dozens of voters complained that they were asked to sign a petition to toughen penalties against child molesters but instead were unwittingly signing up as registered Republicans. YPM workers received $7-$12 per registered Republican.
Additional Investigations into YPM have begun in Florida and Massachusetts. Meanwhile, the California Republican party announced that the charges against Mr. Jacoby are "politically motivated." Sure, and the ACORN scandal isn't politically motivated at all.
California Republicans have had their share of sleazy political tactics recently. Just last week, the Sacramento County Republicans took down offensive material on their official party Web site that sought to link Barack Obama to Osama bin Laden and encouraged people to "Waterboard Barack Obama" – material that offended state GOP leaders and Republican Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Let's see how loudly the Republicans continue to cry "off their heads" when it comes to ACORN now that their own dirty campaign laundry is being aired.