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Crist not buying GOP's ACORN-ophobia



Despite claims by the Republican National Committee that the integrity of Florida's voting system is at risk thanks to the registration efforts of ACORN, a liberal leaning group that backs Sen. Barack Obama, Republican Gov. Charlie Crist said he's not buying it.

"There are some who sort of enjoy chaos," Crist told reporters this morning.

Crist said he has "enormous confidence" in his secretary of state, Republican Kurt Browning, who reports there is no widespread voter fraud in Florida. A handful of bogus registrations, including one for Mickey Mouse, have been submitted by ACORN in Central Florida, but they've been caught by elections officials or the organization itself.

In a conference call, the second in two days, RNC spokesman Danny Diaz and chief counsel Sean Cairncross warned that ACORN and, by extension, the Democratic presidential nominee were corrupting the system. They were unable to offer new specifics, but that based on the "sheer volume of reports," Diaz said, "it's hard to argue that there's not a national systemic problem... At least three counties have issues in Florida and I'm certain there are probably more."

Wes Allison and Steve Bousquet


[Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 8:56am]


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