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Some of you probably recall last week's story about the girl in El Paso County, Colorado who was canvassing voter registrations on a partisan basis (legal) but claiming affiliation with the local Clerk of Courts (not so much.)

Turns out that girl in Colorado was working for one of the Republican Party's favorite GOTV/Suppress-the-Vote henchmen, the infamous Nathan Sproul. I trust he requires no introduction in these pages; for any who are unfamiliar, Google has his Greatest Hits here.

With that news breaking, the GOP quickly fired Sproul's firm, which rather makes you wonder how he keeps getting hired to begin with. Note also that Sproul has, to date, been paid at least $8.1 million for his efforts, which have yielded multiple electoral fraud investigations.

Needless to say, the real crime was "getting caught".

As a personal aside, some folks got upset with me on my previous diary on this subject, because I seized on the ring she was wearing as evidence of her acting under the auspices of a religious affiliation in some way.

Indeed it does seem that this absolves "Mormons" of deserving any collective scrutiny in the matter. While that's true, we still don't know how Sproul was seeking canvassers in this instance. In the past, he's used CraigsList, but given the affiliations, he could as easily have availed himself of Mormon groups or organizations to get "motivated" canvassers, and not just college kids looking for seasonal work.

I'll leave that filed under "Karl Rove-style insinuations" for now, now that somebody's owned the failure. But regardless of denomination, I continue to have a tough time --personally, that is; that's not one of those editorial statements disavowing a comment while also making it and intending only the dog-whistle to be heard-- believing in any convenient coincidences where religion and politics meet. We all have our hot-button issues; that one is mine. Time will tell, in any case, whether that funny smell is something rotten [near] Denver, or truly just a coincidence.

(PS: And yes, I held my nose when adding that link; the Fox affiliate in Denver seems to have been the first to break the story, based on seeing who linked who on the story and when. I could certainly be wrong on that.)

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