When someone loses, there are two options: You can either accept your loss and grow from it, or you can accuse the other side of cheating. Though there is no proof that Nevada Senator Harry Reid’s camp had any intention of “stealing” the election or that they did anything wrong, it is the belief of Republican Sharron Angle’s staff that the Democratic candidate used dishonest tactics to skew the election in Reid’s favor. Reports have been flying out of both camps left and right in an effort to set straight accusations of dishonest behavior. Angle’s team claims that Reid’s staff bribed voters to vote for him.
These are not the only accusations of dishonest antics during this midterm election. Another incident earlier in the midterm campaigns was that of Alex Sink, who received a message on a smartphone during a debate, which is clearly against the rules. She then fired the aide to cover for the mistake. The debate went on and, before voting took place on Tuesday, it was debated whether or not the misstep would affect the voting outcome. There is no doubt that what Sink did was outside of the rules; the real question is whether or not it constituted a disqualifying act in the debate.
Another incident was that of Bill Clinton and Kendrick Meek. The story broke late last week that Clinton was talking to Meek in an effort to get him to drop out of the race in favor of another candidate. As of now, both parties are denying that anything transpired, but nonetheless it raised some eyebrows. The likelihood that this happened is much higher than some other instances in that conversations are generally private. There were no direct witnesses to the conversation, so there is no one to either corroborate or disprove the comments that have been made.
At this point, there is not enough information — and there may never be — to fully decide if these claims are truthful and valid. The people who are not involved directly in the controversy must look at the facts that are made available, which are not all that plentiful. All in all, there is a good chance that something did happen but without direct access to records, interviews, and any other relevant information, it is hard to form a definitive conclusion on the matter. As with all instances of he said-she said, it is the job of the individual to determine what she believes to be true.
John Ralston, Angle Campaign Attorney: Reid “Intends to Steal the Election if He Can’t Win it Outright”, lasvegassun.com
Peter Grier, Alex Sink Cheats in Florida Debate. Will it Matter?, csmonitor.com
Huma Kahn, Kendrick Meek-Bill Clinton Controversy Gives GOP Fresh Ammo in Final Days, abcnews.go.com