Will Al Gore succeed in stealing the election before the nation’s
It is entirely possible that he will — unless two things happen:
- The nation must rise up with a groundswell of outrage over Mr.
Gore’s attempted theft of the presidency. We must tell Mr. Gore that,
for the sake of the nation, it’s time to quit.
- His army of lawyers (over 500 estimated in Florida alone) must be
met and challenged — at every turn and in every court case — not just
the high-profile ones.
That is why this week I asked millions of Americans to join me in
putting their names on a
petition to concede (available online) to Vice President Al Gore. After counts, recounts and multiple court cases, Mr. Gore should stop prolonging our national agony and admit his defeat.
I have promised to see that these petitions are delivered directly to Vice President Al Gore at his official residence in Washington, D.C.
But even as we are gathering millions of petitions, we are not giving up our legal fight against Mr. Gore’s numerous lawsuits and court challenges. Right now, our Liberty Counsel attorneys are representing Florida voters in major court cases against the Gore campaign stemming from the Florida election corruption. These important cases could well decide the outcome of this election.
Seminole County: A stealth ‘nuclear bomb’
In Seminole County, Fla., attorney Harry Jacobs, a local Democratic Party operative filed a court case on Nov. 17, with the Gore campaign’s blessing, that could result in all 15,000 absentee ballots in this county being thrown out. It is estimated that as many as 10,000 of these ballots are votes for George W. Bush, while 5,000 are votes for Al Gore.
If this lawsuit is successful, Al Gore would automatically have a 4,500 vote lead over Bush in Florida and win the presidency. A well-know liberal columnist said this week on television that the Seminole County case was a potential “nuclear bomb” to the Bush presidency. And the Orlando Sentinel on Thursday called this case a “stealth bomb” that could “instantly change the course of the election.”
This case concerns only a small portion of the applications for absentee ballots, not the ballots themselves. It has now been transferred to Leon County (Tallahassee) because the official state vote certification has been completed.
Judge Debra Nelson of the Seminole County Circuit Court granted Liberty Counsel attorneys the right to intervene to defend the rights of absentee voters, which include Republicans, Democrats and Independents. Liberty Counsel is representing as Defendant-Intervenors voters who would be disenfranchised should the court rule that all 15,000 absentee ballots should not be counted. One client is a war veteran in his 80s who volunteered to sit at the polls for 15 hours on Election Day.
Although the media are finally starting to pay attention to this potentially explosive case, Democrats have been well aware since the beginning that a victory here would most certainly mean the presidency for Mr. Gore. Although the Gore campaign has not officially signed on to this case, some big money is financing this suit and has purchased high-priced attorneys from Florida, New York and Washington, D.C. (Strange how Mr. Gore constantly claims to want every vote counted, but doesn’t think twice about tossing these 15,000 votes — and absentee military ballots, as well — to recapture the lead.)
If Leon County Circuit Court Judge Nikki Clark rules that the absentee ballots in Seminole County should not be counted, rulings by the U.S. Supreme Court or any other court could be irrelevant. The net effect would be to add 5,000 votes to Mr. Gore’s total, giving him Florida and the presidency.
Liberty Counsel — Mat Staver and Jerry Falwell Jr. serving as co-counsel — is in the thick of the fight here. Staver has appeared before the Seminole County Court and will be in Tallahassee for the court hearing. The trial is set for next Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2000 at 8:30 a.m. before Judge Nikki Clark in Tallahassee and will likely be broadcast live on C-SPAN and CNN.
As I said before, we are waging an extremely costly legal battle against an array of highly paid Democratic lawyers. They are determined to use every trick they know to deliver this election to Mr. Gore. But we can win — if we have the financial resources to carry on this costly legal fight.
Our attorneys at Liberty Counsel have been working night and day for the last two weeks. They have filed briefs, appeared in court and are prepared to take their cause all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court if necessary.
Be sure to add your name to the
petition to Concede that will be delivered to Al Gore. We may be all that stands in the way of the public theft of this election by Al Gore.
Once you add your name to the
petition, please remember to forward this article to every one on your personal e-mail list. I want to start a national protest that will be impossible for Al Gore and top-level Democrats to ignore.