People like Dennis Rehberg never seem to change. Desperately trying to win a Senate race while his “rallies” consist of twenty campaign staffers shouting slogans for the press, he’s turned to calling voters under the supervision of someone who shamefully attempted to disenfranchise thousands of Montana voters back in 2008. Someone who should have been prosecuted for his actions.
Although Rehberg reporter Tom Lutey failed to mention it in his breathless piece about the Rehberg campaign operation, Jake Eaton is the former GOP Executive Director who stepped down after shameful effort to disenfranchise likely Democratic voters:
Jake Eaton, a veteran campaigner for Montana’s GOP, said each volunteer calls about 70 voters an hour. The calls are queued up by the data crunchers in the next room so the volunteers don’t wast time dialing.
So far in October, the Rehberg call center has contacted 500,000 voters, Eaton said, a stark contrast to 2008, when the Montana Republican get-out-the-vote effort was admittedly lacking.
The get out the vote effort was probably lacking because Eaton was focused on the Republican effort to prevent thousands of Montanans from voting by fraudulently claiming they were not eligible to vote. Who did Eaton target? College students, veterans, and Native Americans. He even challenged the right to vote of servicemen in Iraq and World War 2 heroes.
Judge Donald Malloy put Eaton in his place back then, writing:
In his zeal to protect what he sees as Montana’s fragile democracy from these transient hordes, Eaton ignored the very law that answers his challenges. How can one so concerned with the integrity of the State’s democratic process be adept at invoking the law to keep people from voting, without realizing that the same law renders his claim meritless if not frivolous?
It’s a small point, but also worth noting, that Eaton is certainly lying when he claims that the Rehberg campaign “has contacted 500,000 voters.” There certainly aren’t that many likely Rehberg voters in Montana and there’s no way that Republicans have a voter file that accurate. For frame of reference, Rehberg received just over 300,000 votes in 2008, and 217,000 in 2010.
If Dennis Rehberg had an ounce of integrity, he’d put Jake Eaton back under the rock he’s been hiding under. Instead, he’s letting someone who doesn’t even believe in the sanctity of the vote lead his get out the vote effort.
It’s shameful. It’s Dennis Rehberg.