Not only were corrupt politicians active in the 2020 elections, but they have also been around for a very long period, and frequently, the public continues to support them even after they have been exposed and proven guilty. The cognitive mismatch between the public’s stated desire for trustworthy leaders and their actual support is astonishing.
This issue drew national attention from concerned voters in a campaign for election integrity led by President Donald J. Trump, who has spoken of habitual election fraud by Philadelphia Democrats.
And another Democrat has been arrested for a second time.
“The societal cost of what Mr. Myers did here — not once, not twice, not three, four, five, six times — but over six election cycles just in the [indictment] … has undermined confidence in the city of Philadelphia, more broadly in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, but also across the nation,” said Assistant U.S. Attorney Eric L. Gibson about the case of a Democrat Congressman who has been busted for election fraud.
The busted Democrat, who has worked as a Democratic campaign consultant since his release from federal prison in the 1980s, pleaded guilty to election fraud charges earlier this year, admitting that he had convinced two South Philadelphia elections officials to add fake votes to candidates who had hired him for their races from 2014 to 2016. The local news carried the story:
“Former Abscam Congressman ‘Ozzie’ Myers is headed back to federal prison for election fraud. The former politician was sentenced to 2 1/2 years behind bars after pleading guilty to bribing election workers to stuff ballot boxes in local elections, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported recently, adding:
“The last time former U.S. Rep. Michael “Ozzie” Myers stood before a federal judge to face sentencing in a bribery case, Ronald Reagan was president, and Abscam — the 1970s scandal that sent Myers and a host of other elected officials to prison — dominated newspaper headlines.
But as the now 79-year-old found himself facing a similar predicament Tuesday — this time awaiting punishment for a separate bribery scheme involving ballot-stuffing in local elections.
Saying he had little confidence Myers had learned anything in the four decades between his convictions, U.S. District Judge Paul S. Diamond sentenced the former congressman to 2½ years in prison and ordered him hauled off to jail immediately — a decision that hit the courtroom like a bomb.”
According to media sources, the gallery filled with Myers’ relatives and friends erupted in gasps. Some began crying, while others murmured under their breath profanities at the judge.
As U.S. Marshals grabbed Myers’s father and proceeded to take him away, his son attempted to leap over the courtroom seats, saying, “I’m just trying to say goodbye.”
The Philadelphia newspaper added the following:
“I can’t believe it,” said one gobsmacked supporter as she watched him taken away. “It’s a death sentence.”
Up until that moment, the hearing had been quite normal, with the exception of the crimes claimed and the individual who admitted to committing them. CONTINUE READING…