Lincoln-like VA governor just Clinton crony

Monday, April 25, 2016
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Chad Groening (OneNewsNow.com)

Gov. McAuliffe with ClintonA conservative activist and columnist says Virginia's governor is nakedly attempting to help Hillary Clinton win the White House and is using tens of thousands of convicted felons to do it.

Gov. Terry McAuliffe issued a controversial executive order last week that will allow more than 200,000 convicted felons to cast ballots in the swing state.

He blamed alleged voter suppression, especially against blacks, for his actions.

"You have to remember that Terry McAuliffe was the bag man for the Clintons," says Robert Knight of the American Civil Rights Union. "He's raised tons of money for Bill Clinton. He's worked with Bill and Hillary for years."

Knight

Washington-based newspaper The Hill noted, too, that McAuliffe was the chairman of Mrs. Clinton's 2008 White House campaign.

McAuliffe told ABC News his actions are similar to Abraham Lincoln freeing the slaves, likening violent felons barred from voting to poll taxes and literacy tests.  

Virginia has 13 electoral votes and is considered a swing state. In the 2012 presidential election, President Obama won the state 50-47 percent against Mitt Romney. Only 115,910 votes separated them from approximately 3.7 million that were cast, according to Politico

The sweeping executive order "particularly affects black residents of Virginia," who account for one in four of the approximate 200,000 felons, The Washington Post reported.

Blacks traditionally vote for Democratic candidates.

Knight says McAuliffe vetoed a common-sense voter ID bill last year, which would require voter registrants to declared they are U.S. citizens and are at least 18 years old.

"He vetoed it," Knight says of the Virginia governor. "He wants felons to vote but he doesn't want legislation to protect the integrity of the vote on the books."

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