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Obama Activist Tied in With Organization Accused of Voter Fraud

Filed under: General,Obama — Patterico @ 6:33 pm

You may have read that there is strong evidence of voter fraud in Houston. Here’s what you may not have heard: the organization accused of shady behavior is linked to a former head of an Obama campaign office. She is a fan of Che Guevara. She is also the person who invited to a town hall meeting a woman who then posed as a doctor at that meeting during the health care debate.

Here are the details.

Last month, Houston’s Registrar accused a Democratic organization called “Houston Votes” of voter registration fraud. The allegations were recently detailed here, and make compelling reading:

When Catherine Engelbrecht and her friends sat down and started talking politics several years ago, they soon agreed that talking wasn’t enough. They wanted to do more. So when the 2008 election came around, “about 50” of her friends volunteered to work at Houston’s polling places.

“What we saw shocked us,” she said. “There was no one checking IDs, judges would vote for people that asked for help. It was fraud, and we watched like deer in the headlights.”

Their shared experience, she says, created “True the Vote,” a citizen-based grassroots organization that began collecting publicly available voting data to prove that what they saw in their day at the polls was, indeed, happening — and that it was happening everywhere.

. . . .

Their work paid off. Two weeks ago the Harris County voter registrar took their work and the findings of his own investigation and handed them over to both the Texas secretary of state’s office and the Harris County district attorney.

Most of the findings focused on a group called Houston Votes, a voter registration group headed by Sean Caddle, who also worked for the Service Employees International Union before coming to Houston. Among the findings were that only 1,793 of the 25,000 registrations the group submitted appeared to be valid.

The other registrations included one of a woman who registered six times in the same day; registrations of non-citizens; so many applications from one Houston Voters collector in one day that it was deemed to be beyond human capability; and 1,597 registrations that named the same person multiple times, often with different signatures. . . .

“The integrity of the voting rolls in Harris County, Texas, appears to be under an organized and systematic attack by the group operating under the name Houston Votes,” the Harris voter registrar, Leo Vasquez, charged as he passed on the documentation to the district attorney.

Guess who was active in recruiting for Houston Votes? That would be one Maria Isabel.

Does that name sound familiar? It should. She is a radical Obama supporter who ran an Obama campaign office that sported a picture of Che Guevara.

Maria and Che
Maria Isabel (identified by Babalu blog) at Obama/Che HQ

Her name resurfaced when we reported here that Isabel had invited Roxana Mayer to a Sheila Jackson Lee town hall meeting. Mayer, of course, is the woman who pretended to be a doctor to lend credibility to her support for Obama’s health care reform.

Isabel in Audience
Maria Isabel at town hall meeting

Maria Isabel, having invited Mayer to the meeting, was sitting right there with this fraud in the front row:

Front Row Together

Isabel is a long-time Organizing for America activist.

Isabel with Obama
Maria Isabel with Obama

(So, as it turned out, was Mayer.)

So last year, you had two Obama activists sitting in the front row of a Sheila Jackson Lee town hall meeting, one of whom invited the other via a listserv.  One was a Che Guevara fan and the other lied about being a doctor.

Now the fan of Che Guevara and Obama is shown to have been involved (beginning as early as 2007) with an organization that stands credibly accused of rank voter fraud.

Doesn’t mean she had anything to do with it, of course. And she didn’t necessarily have anything to do with Roxana Mayer’s fraud, either. She just happens to keep popping up in the company of others who commit fraud. That’s all.

Or is it?

(Thanks to a reader who wishes not to be identified.)

UPDATE: Thanks to Instapundit for the link.

UPDATE x2: David Jennings, who took two of the photos used above, has a post that further ties Isabel to the Houston Votes organization — using photos that Isabel herself put on Flickr. It’s excellent work — go see it now.

44 Responses to “Obama Activist Tied in With Organization Accused of Voter Fraud”

  1. The same woman!

    The only investigative journalists these days are in the blogosphere. I hope this gets some media traction but I know better…

    Patricia (9b018a)

  2. Oh yeah. Breitbart video coming in 3… 2… 1…

    This kind of thing is NOT helping me overcome my news junkie problem.

    Gesundheit (aab7c6)

  3. Making your point the hard way, again.
    But, it is a point that needs to be made, and remade, over and over,
    until the rubes voters realize how bad they’ve been had, and by whom.

    AD-RtR/OS! (57c107)

  4. Racist

    JD (cc3aa7)

  5. This does not matter.

    It’s for the greater good.

    They care. You’re a racist. Get it?

    Fritz (3036f6)

  6. I’ve been predicting for a while that this will be a You Tube election. These politicians haven’t figured this out yet. Camera phones and video is going to show us who the liars are. Of course, they may all be. Maybe a new generation of politicians will result.

    Mike K (568408)

  7. Let’s not forget, according to Coates, the DOJ is not interested in making sure the voting rolls are accurate anymore. I mean why should we deprive a man of the right to vote just because he is dead?

    And of course for some time liberals have been bound and determined to make it legal for felons to vote. You know, because they need all the votes they can get.

    Aaron Worthing (f97997)

  8. DemoKKKrats rigging elections?

    Get the hell out of here!

    Never in a million years would I have suspected such a thing.

    Dave Surls (12df6d)

  9. The problem is that – this isnt going to go anywhere, the overwhelming of the registrars office has been going on for awhile

    But how to recruit thousands of people who are willing to risk prison (In Texas, unlike other states – we do put you in prison and keep you there) to elect – crap head politicians

    These people have too much time on their hands and not as much brains

    Thanks again to the democrats for getting my lazy suburban neighbors to finally get to the polls (Houston subs have some of the lowest turnouts in the country – much is do to the fact the polls used to close by 6pm and most people work)

    EricPWJohnson (5295cd)

  10. I would add that having a picture of che is about as wrong as putting up a picture of hitler. He was an evil s.o.b.

    That can only be mitigated by noting that people are so misinformed about the man we really might be at the point of justifiable mistake. i mean i know we have debated here about the individual speaker’s intent, and when constructing what people mean, i do expect some objective evidence to back you up. I tend to go with the public meaning of a thing, as the popular phrase goes.

    But what is the public meaning of Che? Freedom fighting anti-colonialist, etc. I mean featured him as an example of a historical symbol that means the opposite of what we think it means.

    This is what Cracked said about him and I admit its pretty funny:

    > Go to any college campus and you’ll find plenty of Che Guevara T-shirts amongst the student body, especially in the social sciences department. Ask a cultural studies major with a minor in White Guilt about Che and you’ll hear how he was an anti-imperialist hero. Ask them about Che’s time in Congo and you’ll probably get a blank stare.

    > While the Motorcycle Diaries and other pop culture representations have covered Guevara’s early life and the Cuban revolution, it wasn’t until 2001 that Cuba finally released for publication The African Dream, Che Guevara’s diary of his failed attempt to export the Cuban style revolution outside of Latin America. Che’s Congo adventure, which he himself called an “unmitigated disaster,” was the tragic result of his attempt to force Cuba onto places that aren’t Cuba.

    > Che sauntered into Africa after the assassination of Congolese independence leader Patrice Lumumba. Using the political tragedy as a rallying point, he hoped to launch a people’s revolution. By “people,” we mean “Che Guevara’s people,” because although the local rebel leaders considered him a white guy and didn’t take well to him barking orders, Che insisted on leading the project with a bunch of his own Cuban mercenaries. His lack of faith in the Congolese people being able to learn how to operate guns makes scholars think he just “sounds pretty much like an old-fashioned racist.”

    Read more:

    And of course Che did things like concentration camps and mass murder. I mean there is that, too.

    Aaron Worthing (f97997)

  11. The fraud is so brazen but the shills still pretend its nonexistant.

    The assault on the basic institutions of democracy are occurring because the left realizes that the American people continue to reject their rule … and that won’t be tolerated.

    SPQR (26be8b)

  12. Dammit, Patterico, don’t you know that concerns about voter fraud are overblown? Why are you spending so much time worrying about a few thousand (or ten thousand) illegal voters?

    JVW (eccfd6)

  13. Great post.
    Instalanche coming. Time to test the new website 😉

    CardioNP (d18b93)

  14. It’s doing great, I think. Instalink with no collapse! All the help I received seems to be paying off — including from you, CardioNP!

    How’s it operating for you guys?

    Patterico (c218bd)

  15. raaaacist

    jimbob (ec3959)

  16. Call it the “Moby syndrome”. To them it doesn’t matter if their tactics to get elected are underhanded, because they feel that they have the moral high ground in policy positions. Therefore, whatever it takes to achieve power . . .

    Icy Texan (1cdac1)

  17. Scratch a doctrinaire Obama supporter and you’ll make a pretty nasty com-symp bleed. He’s Left, Left, Left, baby, and don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. His failure lies in the Gramscians’ prematurely tipping their hand. If he is crushed like a bug in the mid-terms and in oh-twelve, then we’ve bought ourselves another decade’s breathing space. But don’t let up.

    David Gillies (ae2625)

  18. Ace of Spades has you linked- be ready!
    I wish I could say I am surprised, but I am only disgusted with people like this. The basic good and trusting nature of the majority of the people in this country is being used against us.

    Museisluse (7eaade)

  19. Patterico

    The records were destroyed in a fire recently. I am new to this so linking could be done someone more tech savvy.

    lagtime (3be73e)

  20. This is good stuff with a new government report just out detailing ACORN’s misuse if Federal grant monies on the housing side. Get the spotlight back on the Obama/ACORN/Dem connections.

    daleyrocks (940075)

  21. O.K. – Thousands of fraudulent registered voters begs the question: How many of them voted?

    cornfield (8382b5)

  22. Maryland won’t deal with it’s voter rolls. They absolutely refuse to purge the dead off the rolls.

    Maryland is a majority Democraptic state.

    Though, I’m sure pointing out those two facts is racist.

    Vivian Louise (c7cad6)

  23. Funny. As usual, the lefty trolls stay away from these new realities.

    I am sure this goes on in every single city in the US, and strangely enough, those are mostly if not all, controlled by the Democrat political machine.

    Rev. Dr. E. Buzz Miller (1e6803)

  24. Most in the country, hope and pray the voter fraud will be eliminated in Houston this time, as we want Sheila Jackson Lee voted out of office very bad. She is a disgrace to the values we have enjoyed as a free country. She needs to go.

    Amazingoly (ae091c)

  25. Nice work.

    Y-not (479b1f)

  26. You deserve what you tolerate.

    Jack Mehoff (65c5cf)

  27. ACORN has never been convicted of vote fraud!

    JD (dda3fa)

  28. Why doesn’t the left support fair elections? That is the only question.

    daleyrocks (940075)

  29. You know you really should credit David Jennings of Big Jolly Politics for the fake doctor photos. He DID take them after all….

    Rorschach (c5574d)

  30. Why doesn’t the left support fair elections? That is the only question.

    Comment by daleyrocks — 9/29/2010 @ 6:34 am

    How else will they win? LOl!!

    The Emperor (6e616b)

  31. The whole Democrat party is guilty of voter fraud when they killed Texas legislation to require valid ID to vote.

    Their sanctimonious rhetoric ignores the fact that no one has a valid vote if its watered down with 10’s of thousands if not 100’s of thousands of fake votes.

    Joel Mackey (dc0718)

  32. Why won’t the left tolerate fair elections? Because you can only fool people into thinking your party is centrist and not destructive to liberty about once every 10-12 years. Once you’re in power and people see what you really are, you’re pretty much stuck with cheating to stay there.

    Bitsko (ce6f0d)

  33. It may take years to unravel the deception, corruption and criminality of this current administration. I only hope that the wheels of justice grind steady. There are so many people to investigate, so much money gone…

    kevin (acc1fb)

  34. Thank goodness nothing like that would ever happen here in LA!

    sue st. denis (ed9852)

  35. Boy, Maria Isabel is a busy little bee, isn’t she. She and her cronies buzz around, catalyzing societal mayhem. I wonder how she gets her money? Who employs her? How does she support herself?

    William (32495a)

  36. And the torching of voting machines worth millions of dollars in Harris county… nothing to do with anything.. no big deal… right?

    Win elections by any means necessary <—— The DNC motto!

    trax (799e07)

  37. Creepy observation, but look at her black sweater/shirt(?) in the pictures with Jackson Lee and then the one with Zero. One would think she had a better wardrobe selection. Or will she claim she is too poor to afford something else? Maybe it’s her “lucky” piece of clothing…..

    Drury (aa5c28)

  38. Thank you for this informative article. I have shared it with 500+ on FB, and passed it along in TP circles. Keep up the good work!

    SamAdams25 (ac8800)

  39. Che is a worldwide hero

    to everyone except teabagging racists.

    Ethan (eab5e5)

  40. I’m not surprised the media doesn’t post this stuff on TV and the web (except for this site). Being a student you see how many people teach that are super biased and never allow the students to think both sides of the fence. its mainly those who had fun in the 60’s who are teaching our kids/me now days. It’s sad really.

    Noxious (3204ca)

  41. She smiles like an angle… ._.

    Noxious (3204ca)

  42. Look what you found under the rocks… Just the type smelly stuff you would expect … Who runs a racist Justice Department.

    tarpon (0d210f)

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