Via the Washington Post’s Maryland Politics blog (hat tip):
A Maryland Democratic candidate quit her congressional race Monday after her own party told state officials that she had committed fraud by voting in both Maryland and Florida in recent elections.
Wendy Rosen, a small-business owner running against freshman Rep. Andy Harris (R) in the Eastern Shore-based 1st Congressional District, released a statement saying that “with great regret, and much sorrow” she was resigning from the contest.
“Personal issues have made this the hardest decision that I have had to make,” Rosen said
Rosen’s announcement came the same day the state Democratic party released a letter to state Attorney General Douglas Gansler and state prosecutors reporting the allegations against Rosen.
“The Maryland Democratic Party has discovered that Ms. Rosen has been registered to vote in both Florida and Maryland since at least 2006; that she in fact voted in the 2006 general election both in Florida and Maryland; and that she voted in the presidential preference primaries held in both Florida and Maryland in 2008,” wrote Yvette Lewis, the state party chair. “This information is based on an examination of the voter files from both states. We believe that this is a clear violation of Maryland law and urge the appropriate office to conduct a full investigation.”
A senior Maryland Democrat said the party had been tipped off this weekend by someone within the party about Rosen’s potential issue. After checking the allegation, the party contacted Rosen on Monday morning and urged her to quit.
Local Democratic committees in the 1st district will now meet and vote on a new candidate to replace Rosen on the ballot. The new name must be submitted to the state by Sept. 27.
There seems to be some confusion as to whether or not Rosen’s name will have to remain on the ballot. That said, the seat is considered a “safe” one for Harris, so either way he would be the likely victor in November.
This is a not-so-minor embarrassment for Democrats, especially considering their constant bluster about how Republican concerns about exactly this type of voter fraud (among others) are “overblown” and/or “manufactured.” How amusing is it that it happened to one of their own? Oh, and don’t think this was done out of any real sense of right and wrong by Maryland Democrats. Rosen was reported because they didn’t want the GOP opposition getting wind of the news and generating a lot of noise about it, more so that will come from it as it stands now after being “caught” by the left. After all, since when in the heck did Democrats ever care about voter fraud?
For grins and giggles, here’s more on Rosen courtesy of the Baltimore Sun:
Rosen, a Cockeysville businesswoman who is registered to vote in Maryland, told The Baltimore Sun on Monday that she also registered in Florida, where she owned land, in order to support a “very close friend” running for the St. Petersburg City Council and to vote on local issues there.
Rosen, asked by The Sun whether she voted twice in the 2008 presidential primary, said she did not remember how she voted.
Bryan Preston responds:
Yeah. That’s illegal. I wonder who the “very close friend” is. There must be a story there. Florida might want to launch an investigation of its own.
In any case, Rosen says that she does not remember whether she cast two votes for Barack Obama in 2008. Which means, of course, that she did but she doesn’t want to admit it with an investigation underway. It was only four years ago. She can’t not remember that.
Oh but she can. At least that’s what she wants you to think, anyway. I think it would rock if anyone in the Beltway MSM would ask her if she had planned to vote twice in this upcoming election as well.
Just sayin’ …