Thursday, February 4, 2010

The Fun Never Stops Over At Karen Handel's Old Fun Factory

Big News Kids,

Libertarian Dave Chastain forwarded us a copy of the the latest press release from the folks over at Voter Ga regarding yet another incident of heavy handed behavior by Ex-SecState Karen "What! Finish my Term?!" Handel. It seems that one of her last acts as SecState was to insist on slapping around former Chatham County Commissioner Jeff Rayno for turning in a supposedly bad petition signature in support of Candidate David Osbourne's attempt to get on the ballot to oppose Handel's buddy in Savannah, Helen Stone.

The original allegation presented at the 16 DEC 09 meeting by IG Shawn Lagrua was that Rayno had faked 200 petition signatures. During the course of the meeting it miraculously got reduced to one fake signature that Handel's IG could not produce for the members of the board to see. Good ol' Karen then told SEB member Kent Webb to make a motion to forward this case the Attorney General's office for investigation and prosecution which she seconded over the objections of another board member. Case closed for Candidate Handel so she could get back to the important business of finishing up her resignation to run full time for Governor and be the super ethical chick in the race.

But wait, there's more! This same cast and crew recently gave the citizens of Georgia the Laura Gallegos story which has been making the rounds on the blog-o-sphere and over in FaceBook land. Another tale of blaming Georgia's Diebold mess on someone else and making sure that Karen's buds don't get no heat. So what if some lower ranking employee has to take one for the team, the important thing is that Karen Handel and her Henchettes get to walk away clean. Being ethical and all.

A copy of the complaint is provided below and a link to Voter Ga is on the sidebar. Please drop by their site and get all the gory details about how Georgian's votes don't matter.

Former Commissioner Asks Justice Dept. to Investigate Constitutional Rights Violations by Handel, LaGrua

SAVANNAH, GA – Former Republican Chatham County Commissioner, Jeff Rayno, announced today that he is filing a letter of complaint with the U.S. Justice Dept. The complaint cites potential Constitutional violations committed by former Secretary of State (SOS) Karen Handel and her Inspector General (IG) Shawn Lagrua during the December 16, 2009 State Election Board (SEB) meeting. His complaint, which also cites SEB member Kent Webb, is the fourth one filed by four different citizens against Shawn LaGrua’s IG office in the last two months.

Rayno asserts in the complaint that his Sixth Amendment rights under the U.S. Constitution were violated when he was referred to the Attorney General’s office for a felony investigation without probable cause or evidence that he had done anything wrong. He described that he was refused details of the accusations against him and therefore, denied due process and the standard presumption of innocence afforded to all Americans. The transcript of the meeting appears to corroborate his claims.

During the meeting, LaGrua stated that Rayno submitted forged petitions he collected on a drive to help get Chatham County Commission candidate, David Osbourne, on the ballot for the general election. Rayno determined that only one of 200 signatures was in question and asked to see it. LaGrua could not produce it, but she still recommended to the board that Rayno be referred to the office of the Attorney General for further investigation and prosecution. Board member, David Worley, sought to remove Rayno from being referred due to lack of evidence but Chairwoman Handel disagreed and instructed Mr. Webb to make a motion. Mr. Webb then motioned to refer Rayno to the Attorney General’s office and then Handel seconded the motion to pass it despite opposition from Mr. Worley.
In the letter Rayno contends that his case is not isolated but highlights another example of a systemic problem in the IG office. He cited the case of Laura Gallegos, one of three other complainants, as an example. Gallegos was charged with five matters asserted against her for an election certification error committed by the Lowndes County Board of Elections. Potential violations committed by her supervisor were ignored in the investigation. Although Mrs. Gallegos’ case was eventually dismissed, she spent thousands of dollars on attorney fees, suffered a foreclosure and was terminated from her job.
Rayno stated that he believes these dubious investigations are politically motivated. He explained that he was collecting signatures for a candidate who opposed Helen Stone, an associate of Karen Handel, who escorted Mrs. Handel when she visited Savannah prior to her campaign. Laura Gallegos has also stated that her supervisor, Deb Cox, was on a first name basis with Karen Handel and had gone to lunch with her when she visited the office.
All complaints and their supporting documentation are available on the Complaints tab of the web site. VoterGA plans to submit a corroborating letter to the Justice Department describing why they also believe that there is a systemic problem in the office of the Secretary of State.

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  1. How could this be? She's so ethical and all. I mean she painted everyone under the Gold Dome, who wears trousers, as being unethical. Karen Handel with ethics problems. Surely you jest!!

  2. LaGrua has a history of doing as she pleases apparently....

    Also from the website, I found an affidavit from a former Assistant Solicitor she fired, and a letter from the Fulton County DA who did an investigation into her dealings while LaGrua was Solicitor. All under the complaints tab. Very scary stuff.