ICYMI: Former Democrat Congressman Pleads Guilty to Election Fraud

In case you missed it: a former U.S. Congressman, Democrat Michael "Ozzie" Myers (PA), pleaded guilty on Monday to multiple election fraud charges including:

"conspiracy to deprive voters of civil rights, bribery, obstruction of justice, falsification of voting records, and conspiring to illegally vote in a federal election for orchestrating schemes to fraudulently stuff the ballot boxes for specific Democratic candidates in the 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018 Pennsylvania elections."

Myers bribed an Elections Judge in South Philadelphia, Domenick J. Demuro, who was also a Democratic ward leader.  Demuro was charged separately and admitted to accepting Myers' bribes.  These bribes, worth hundreds or thousands of dollars each election, bought Myers extra votes for various Democrat candidates.  

Myers is also a Democratic political consultant, and the bribes were to the benefit of candidates that Myers represented over several years:

"Myers would solicit payments from his clients in the form of cash or checks as 'consulting fees,' and then use portions of these funds to pay Demuro and others to tamper with election results."

The Department of Justice and Pennsylvania State Police also found that Myers conspired to commit election fraud with another Southern Philadelphia judge, Marie Beren:

"Inside the polling place and while the polls were open, Beren would advise actual in-person voters to support Myers’ candidates and also cast fraudulent votes in support of Myers’ preferred candidates on behalf of voters she knew would not or did not physically appear at the polls.

Myers' election schemes included fraudulently stuffing ballot boxes in favor of his Democratic candidates.  His various forms of rigging elections were caught on audio recordings, which prosecutors intended to play at his trial. 

The Director of the Special Investigations Division of the Pennsylvania State Police, Captain James Cuttitta, commented on Myers' guilty plea:

“It is imperative the citizens of this Commonwealth have faith in a fair voting process.  We will remain committed to prioritizing these investigations and working with our federal partners to fully investigate and prosecute anyone who attempts to impede or alter the election process.” 

The RNLA applauds the Department of Justice and Pennsylvania State Police for prosecuting this flagrant election fraud.  Every ballot illegally cast cancels out a valid vote, and justice like this prevents such abuse from happening in the future.