Is it ACORN vote fraud if he voted once as a man and once as a woman?
The activist group ACORN, which has long worked with criminals as it preys on the weak and the troubled, is on the verge of yet another public relations catastrophe.
That’s because a cross-dressing Ohio male escort whom ACORN registered multiple times to vote was convicted of full-fledged vote fraud in addition to the lesser crime of voter registration fraud. A spokesman for Cleveland prosecutor Bill Mason confirmed yesterday that a local investigation of ACORN remains wide open.
The conviction of Darnell Nash, apparently known by several aliases including Serina “Sexy Slay” Gibbs, is hugely significant for several reasons, not least of which is the fact that ACORN has long maintained that vote fraud, as opposed to the lesser crime of voter registration fraud, essentially never happens.
ACORN’s Project Vote affiliate has tried to get rid of the problem of vote fraud by defining it out of existence. Lorraine C. Minnite, a political science professor at Columbia University’s Barnard College, argues in an ACORN/Project Vote report called “The Politics of Voter Fraud” that “[t]he claim that voter fraud threatens the integrity of American elections is itself a fraud.” Minnite is also a senior fellow at the liberal think tank Demos.
While ACORN has not yet been charged in Cuyahoga County, Ohio, the fact that an individual voter registered by ACORN has been convicted of actually casting a fraudulent ballot appears to be a historic first for the embattled radical advocacy group.
But in the Nash case, the question arises: Who conned whom? Or were both Nash and ACORN to blame?
Nash, the self-proclaimed “Queen of Cleveland Gender Benders,” claimed to make $150 an hour turning tricks, according to the New York Post. Describing Nash, who flashed a TV reporter on camera while dressed as a woman, as a “flamboyant con artist,” the newspaper reported last October that Nash was also “busted for scamming local college students in a fake loan-program scheme that gave him access to the kids’ checking accounts.” It is unclear if the loan fraud allegations were acted on further by authorities.
Mason spokesman Ryan Miday said in an interview last night that ACORN remains on the prosecutorial radar screen. “We investigated the activities involving ACORN and at this point we have found no criminal conduct by ACORN.” [Emphasis added.]
I pressed Miday, whose boss is an elected Democrat, to elaborate and he offered what sounded like a clarion call to whistle blowers.
“Our file remains open, meaning that we’re not closing the case,” he said. “If we receive more information or evidence pertaining to ACORN’s involvement we will pursue it.”
Miday explained that Nash was registered nine times to vote with the assistance of what the spokesman called “ACORN outreach workers.” Nash repeatedly used different names and different addresses to register to vote. He was indicted by a grand jury earlier this year.
Nash cast a fraudulent ballot at the local board of elections office, Miday said.
Nash entered a guilty plea to one count of casting a fraudulent ballot and to several counts of false registration on August 5. On August 19 he was sentenced to six months imprisonment by Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Judge Nancy Margaret Russo.
Miday said that Nash, who is in custody in a facility for male prisoners, filed for a petition for early “judicial release” on Oct. 1. Mason entered his opposition to the petition yesterday, the spokesman said.
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