Don Siegelman sat down with Air America's Thom Hartmann yesterday and made very specific allegations of election fraud against Karl Rove and the Bush administration not covered in his interview on 60 Minutes. (h/t S for audio)
[Thom Hartmann]: Right. Now, in our conversation you have suggested that the original election that you lost to Bob Riley by a few thousand votes in the middle of the night may have been stolen. That is a part of the story that has been treated as if it was radioactive by the corporate press. It has, to the best of my knowledge, I have never heard that in any of the official corporate news reports. Have you asserted that before, have you been saying this all along, or is this...
[Don Siegelman]: Well yes, we have been saying it, we have been saying it since the night of the election. I mean, we won the election, the votes were counted and were declared and then in one county which is controlled by Republicans the, after midnight when everybody went home, when the poll workers were sent home, when the media was gone, they decided to electronically recount these votes and shifted the votes and certified the vote illegally the next day. The, interestingly, Karl Rove's client sepped in, the attorney general stepped in and said, 'if anybody tries to hand count these votes we're going to put them in jail'. We initially had a green light from the local Republicans in this one area that we could come in and hand count these ballots where the electronic shift occurred.[..]
[Don Siegelman]: And there's a new book out by Mark Crispin Miller, New York college professor called "Loser Take All".
[Thom Hartmann]: Yes.
[Don Siegelman]: There are two articles in there, one by Larisa Alexandrova who writes for Raw Story and a professor from Auburn University both of which point to the, actually go into the fact that it's a mathematical impossibility for the election not to have been stolen.
[Thom Hartmann]: Right, and Larisa has been on this show a number of times, she's a friend, and Mark Crispin Miller is a dear old friend who actually has wwritten a foreword to one of my books and we've discussed that book and that case with him, so my listeners are quite familiar with that, but it certainly bears re-mentioning, absolutely.↓ Story continues below ↓
[Don Siegelman]: And one other point, we talked about the recount that we had requested, we wanted to hand count the votes, but it was stopped by Karl Rove's client who was then the Attorney General, but also it should be noted that it was Karl Rove's client, then Attorney General, who began the state investigation just a few days after I did a fly around with Al Gore being the first Democrat, first governor to endorse Al Gore in his election back in '99.
[Thom Hartmann]: Hmmm. So, I mean this sounds, I mean this just stinks to high heaven. Just this huge, well not huge, but very clear Republican conspiracy to rig an election. Everybody, all the Republicans are always talking about election, about voter fraud, you know, 'holy cow, we can't have people without ID!' You know, like my mother, who's pushing 80 and doesn't have a driver's license. She can't vote now, with this court decision yesterday.