Sunday, September 18, 2005

More Bull

Last weekend, I mentioned that Elizabeth Reyes, an attorney with the elections division of the Texas Secretary of State, was fired after she answered what she believed to be a hypothetical question about whether a person who claims a rental house he owns to be his homestead should be allowed to vote. She was unaware that the hypothetical question described the exact situation that Karl Rove asserts.

Well, a bit more of the timeline has been filled in, and - surprise, surprise - her firing occurred immediately after her boss received a call from the éminence grise himself.

White House Deputy Chief of Staff Karl Rove personally called the Texas secretary of state about a newspaper story quoting a staff lawyer about whether Mr. Rove was eligible to vote in the state.

The lawyer was subsequently fired.

Of course, Texas Secretary of State Roger Williams says Karl didn't ask for her dismissal. Why would he have to when Williams knows how to read his friend's signs.

"Karl's a friend of mine, so when he read something in the paper, he called," Mr. Williams said. "Naturally, he had a way to get hold of me, as we're friends. He wanted to know if that's where we stood on the issue, and that was that."

Via Talking Points Memo.


Blogger The Seriously Ill said...

I used to get outraged every time I read about these abuses of power and just plain arrocance, but now I just laugh because the Republicans are just following the classical pattern of excess that leads to the downfall of all empires. After Bush, the deluge.

1:11 PM  
Anonymous jackd said...

How long before Ms. Reyes files suit for wrongful termination? I'd think there would be some labor lawyers who would take the suit pro bono just to bust Rove's balls.

6:51 PM  
Blogger pansauce said...

According to the article, Texas is a "Right to Work" state; which means anyone can be fired at any time, no reason necessary. I'm not a lawyer, but appears doubtful that she would have a cause of action.

9:22 PM  

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