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Friday, July 16, 2004

Rep. Corrine Brown

The Representative from Florida who spoke her mind up on the Hill yesterday (see my earlier post) has this up on her website:

I would like to talk about the 2000 election. This is a subject very near and dear to my heart. As you know, my district, Florida's third, witnessed one of the worst robberies in the history of the United States. And no, I'm not referring to a million dollar bank robbery or anything like that, I'm referring to something even worse: the stolen 2000 presidential election. This theft took place in my hometown, in my congressional district, and no, this is not something me or my constituents can easily just forget and put behind us.

For those of you who say, well just get over it, and that the election was nearly four years ago, let me refresh your memory about what happened in my district, Florida's third:

During the 2000 elections, in my district alone, Duval County, there were approximately 27,000 ballots that were spit out by faulty machines. And, a disproportionately large percentage of these votes came from City Council Districts 7, 8, 9 and 10, primarily African American residential areas. Even more disturbing to me was that the Supervisor of Elections’ office didn’t release these figures to local officials until after the 72 hour deadline had passed. As a result, we were unable to demand a recount.

Even more disturbing is the often unpublished fact that Governor Bush of Florida spent $4 million of taxpayer money to purge a list of suspected felons from the rolls across the state: but whether or not this list of felons was accurate was of little importance to Governor Bush. Apparently, it was the responsibility of the accused citizen to correct his or her status.

That was from May. Yesterday she spoke truth to power and had her remarks expunged from the national record. Thing is, though, sites like this one here and a host of others won't let this die. The Republican controlled congress can actively attempt to rewrite history on the fly, but than can only succeed if they're allowed to.

Someone out there has a video clip of Rep. Brown's remarks. Spread it around, pass it on, feed the living archive.

[Update] Here's something else of note Rep. Brown had to say regarding our sponsoring that other coup, in Haiti, earlier this year:

"It simply mystifies me how President Bush, a president who was selected by the Supreme Court under more than questionable circumstances (in my district alone 27,000 votes were thrown out), is telling another country that their elections were not fair and that they are therefore undeserving of aid or international recognition," Brown said.

Should you want to contact Rep. Brown and show your support, please do.

Washington Office:
2444 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515-0903
Phone: (202) 225-0123
Fax: (202) 225-2256

Phone: (904) 354-1652
Fax: (904) 354-2721
101 E. Union St., Ste. 202
Jacksonville, FL 32202

Phone: (407) 872-0656
Fax: (407) 872-5763
219 Lime Ave.
Orlando, FL 32805

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