2004 Washington Governor Election Redux

Stefan Sharkansky (via Patrick Frey via Pejman Yousefzadeh) has some rather persuasive evidence that John McKay, the recently fired U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Washington, did an amazingly sloppy job of investigating allegations of . . . wait for it . . . voter fraud in the 2004 Washington governor’s race that was decided by 133 votes.

We have been presented with sufficient evidence in recent weeks to make clear that there was improper politicization of hiring at the Department of Justice at levels below the appointee level and that “voter fraud” and “poor performance” are implausible explanations for why some U.S. Attorneys were fired. In this one case, at least, both claims would seem to have merit.

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