Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Eric Crafton Is Downright Pathological

Posted By on Tue, Jan 20, 2009 at 1:35 PM

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Are you getting sick of this yet? Cuz honestly, reporting on the latest half-truth from Eric Crafton is starting to sap our will to live (thank goodness for Dick Cheney in a wheelchair!).

The latest "misunderstanding" swirling around English Only involves campaign finance disclosure. As you may remember, up to this point Crafton & Co. have gotten almost all of their cash from ProEnglish, an Arlington, Va-based hate group. Why can't they raise money locally? BECAUSE EVERYONE IN NASHVILLE HATES THEIR AMENDMENT!

Sorry. Carrying on...

So last week, Crafton sent a letter to the election commission asking for a filing extension. The commission wrote back, telling him they didn't have the authority to do that. But, since they didn't just hand the letter to Crafton personally, he says he doesn't have to comply until he actually receives the letter. In person.

The Tennessean reported that this weekend. But what they failed to make clear was this: THERE'S NEVER BEEN A PROVISION FOR EXTENSIONS. It's not that Election Administrator Ray Barrett made a decision based on a coin-flip. Eric Crafton asked for something that DOES NOT EXIST.

Jesus, where's the Midol?

So what's this mean? Well, because there's a five-day grace period before any sort of fines get levied, the polls are going to close before voters get the chance (THE RIGHT GRANTED TO THEM BY A REPRESENTATIVE GOVERNMENT) to actually know who's bankrolling these measures.

Minor issue for some, considering we all know it's been ProEnglish all along. Or as Crafton puts it: "90-95% of our contributors (ital. ours) will be regular folks that contribute $100 or less." Right. So 99 people could give $1 a piece, ProEnglish could give $25,000 and Crafton would still, technically, be right.

The semantic wordplay...it's too much!

Where's that Cheney pic? Ahhh, yes, that's the juice.

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