Yesterday we brought you the story of Eric Frank, the unlikely recipient of a $25,000 check from Texas' Lt. Governor Dan Patrick for a collected "bounty" for proven election fraud. Last night he appeared on Rachel Maddow's show and explained how it all came about.
"I think it kind of blew up in their face a little bit," deadpanned Eric Frank.
No kidding. Rachel Maddow could barely keep from giggling.
On Thursday night, Rachel Maddow hosted a 2020 election poll worker named Eric Frank who busted a Republican voter for voting twice, once for himself and once for his son. The voter was convicted of election fraud and as a result, Frank collected a payout of $25,000 from Republican Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick.
Frank explained how it happened:
One of the first voters that morning came in, Ralph Thurman. And he had first asked–he put his ID out. And the one poll worker said, “We don’t need to see your ID because you voted here for many years.” And he then–basically he said, “Well, couldn’t I come back and vote for my son?” And at that point I said, “No, you couldn’t do that, that’s illegal.” And he then responded by saying, “Well, how would you know?” And I kind of just left it at that, and he went on his way and voted.
And then about an hour later, I’m in my same position, and I hear the last name “Thurman,” and I look up, and lo and behold it’s the same guy wearing a hat and sunglasses. [Laughs] So I just couldn’t believe that he was back after we just had like a legitimate conversation about how he could not do that.
Rachel Maddow asked him if he thought he'd get paid.
“No, I never thought in a million years that I would get paid,” said Frank. “I thought this was just somebody kind of speaking too much in the hopes that it would just get them more attention. I just think it’s extremely ironic that they were–it’s my opinion that they were trying to see, you know, voter fraud on someone that was a Democrat and it turns out that, at least for me, for my case that I witnessed, it was a Republican voter. So in fact I think it kind of blew up in their face a little bit.”
The internet had a good chuckle as well.
HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH!!!!!! Texas Lt. Gov Dan Patrick was just forced to hand over the reward money to progressive PA poll watcher Eric Frank for busting a Republican committing fraud. Patrick offered cash rewards for fraud, and this is the only one he got. https://t.co/TROAor1mDZ
— Ron Filipkowski (@RonFilipkowski) October 21, 2021