GOP 2004 Vote Tamper Wizard Wasted in Plane Wreck After Threats from Rove
GOP vote tampering stormtrooper Mike Connell died in a suspicious plan wreck Friday, after giving a deposition on Nov. 3 related to a civil suit on vote tampering in Ohio during the 2004 presidential election and, according to some reports, enduring threats from Karl Rove that he must take the fall for rigging the election results.
Akron, Ohio residents who witnessed the crash told investigators and media they heard Connell’s single engine plane approaching the residential neighborhood where it crashed, in an apparent attempt to make an emergency landing. One neighbor said they could hear the plane’s engine cutting on and off before the flaming crash.
Connell was at the center of a very intriguing confluence of politics and technology related decisions made by Ohio Secretary of State Ken Blackwell and the RNC before the 2004 elections. Connell’s technology companies built the Ohio State’s official 2004 election night reporting website which gave Rove and RNC a direct conduit to results of the 2004 general election returns likely well before the Ohio state government. Connell’s companies had been in the employ of the RNC and Bush for years, building websites for Bush campaigns – as well as the infamous Swift Boat Veterans for Truth group that attacked Democratic candidate John Kerry’s Vietnam war record during the run-up to the 2004 elections.
Rove made the mistake of having Connell know how all the pieces of the covert campaign program worked, rather than compartmentalizing the actors involved and keeping the business end of the scheme in executive hands. The Ohio 2004 vote tampering program, however, required network engineering skills and data integration and processing expertise to make it work and, for that, he had to trust Connell to see how the parts fit to get the result Rove required: an Ohio vote count that put Bush plausibly ahead.
The problem for Rove now, is how to make this all look like an accident with a number of very motivated parties watching it unfold in real time, namely the Ohio attorneys pressing the case against Ken Blackwell and company and Connell’s survivors. RoveCo’s last years have been marked by reckless (even by RNC standards) overreaching. Hopefully, this will be the one that brings that criminal cabal down. What say you, Stinquers? Will Rove and his patrons get away with this one, too?