Saturday, June 03, 2006


Busby In Full Retreat

Following her statement Thursday night, Francine Busby has been in full retreat/coverup mode. Just to refresh peoples’ memories, here’s the exchange:

Toward the end, a man in the audience asked in Spanish: “I want to help, but I don’t have papers.” It was translated and Busby replied: “Everybody can help, yeah, absolutely, you can all help. You don’t need papers for voting, you don’t need to be a registered voter to help.”

Her opponent, Brian Billbray jumped all over that:

Bilbray said at worst, Busby was encouraging someone to vote illegally. At best, she was encouraging someone who is illegally in the country to work on her campaign. “She’s soliciting illegal aliens to campaign for her and it’s on tape, this isn’t exactly what you call the pinnacle of ethical campaign strategy,” Bilbray said.

She’s now switched from being totally on defense to trying to go on the offensive. Here’s how she’s trying to dig out of the hole:

Busby said that Republicans are now twisting her words. She does not in any way support or advocate that illegal immigrants vote, she said. “I was clarifying the question that was being asked in Spanish and then stated that you do not have to be a registered voter to help the campaign because there were many people who appeared to be to be under 18 in the group who wanted to volunteer,” she said in a statement. “I’m not surprised that the Republican Party is making this last-minute, desperate ploy and it is absolutely false.”

Francine, I’m not surprised that they’re using that against you either. You made a monumental mistake. When candidates make monumental mistakes, especially this close to an election, I’d be shocked if they didn’t hold you to it. As for the garbage that this is a “last-minute, desperate ploy”, give me a break. If anything, you’re the one who should be desparate. You just told people that you weren’t worried with whether people are legal immigrants or not and you weren’t worried whether they helped you. And you said it in a congressional district that’s solidly Repulbican.

This race is essentially over. Anyone expecting Francine Busby do win should contact me immediately so I can bet the ranch against her winning. Stick a fork in her. She’s done.

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