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Man, "journalist" James O'Keefe stepped in it—over and over and over—in his effort to expose voter fraud in North Carolina during last week's primary. There's just one fraud here, and it's clearly O'Keefe.

A brief recap: One of the voters O'Keefe accused of voting as a non-citizen in his latest exposé is actually a citizen. And the dead North Carolina voter: not dead.

And now it turns out that another "non-citizen" the video highlights, William Romero, is indeed a citizen, a citizen who, along with his family, was harassed by O'Keefe's people before the primary.

The video opens with O’Keefe’s cameraman walking up Romero’s driveway and confronting a member of his family about whether he is a citizen. O’Keefe points to court records from 2010 where Romero was excused from jury duty because he was not a citizen at the time. Therefore, as O’Keefe argues, Romero’s voter registration dated December 5, 2011 is fraudulent because Romero “is not a United States citizen.” [...]

In fact, Romero’s family told ThinkProgress he became a naturalized citizen in early 2011.

What’s more, Romero’s family told ThinkProgress that they had began receiving harassing telephone calls two weeks before the incident in the video asking if Romero was a citizen. They confirmed to the caller—it’s unclear whether they were speaking with O’Keefe himself or another individual—that Romero is indeed a citizen. Nevertheless, O’Keefe proceeded to ambush the family at their home and publish this video claiming he’s not a citizen.

The positive news out of this is that O'Keefe's got himself into hot water in North Carolina, just as he has in New Hampshire, where a grand jury is investigating his stunt. North Carolina's state elections chief, Gary Bartlett, says his agency will "investigate whether the people in the video who tried to vote in the name of another violated state criminal law by impersonating a registered voter."

Originally posted to Joan McCarter on Thu May 17, 2012 at 11:57 AM PDT.

Also republished by Daily Kos.

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