Maddow Weblog | Texas’ Dan Patrick lastly pays his first voter-fraud reward

A few days after Joe Biden was declared the president-elect, Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick introduced that he’d be prepared to pay as much as $1 million as a reward to those that may produce proof of voter fraud. Even on the time, this appeared unwise.

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As we have mentioned, the Texas Republican was successfully arguing that he and his get together assumed there was widespread fraud, however they could not show it, so he hoped monetary rewards would produce proof GOP conspiracy theorists could not discover on their very own. Patrick was principally telling the general public, “We will not again up our speaking factors, so I am going to pay you to assist.”

However it wasn’t lengthy earlier than a associated drawback emerged. Whereas the Republican lieutenant governor appeared to imagine that bounty hunters would discover proof of Democratic fraud — he explicitly pointed to Milwaukee, Detroit, Philadelphia, and Atlanta, with out providing any proof — precise proof pointed to a handful of situations by which Donald Trump supporters forged unlawful ballots in key 2020 battlegrounds.

In Pennsylvania, for instance, Robert Richard Lynn pleaded responsible after getting caught making an attempt to forged a vote for his useless mom. Bruce Bartman, one other Pennsylvania Republican, was caught doing the identical factor. The Washington Publish reported in Might highlighted a associated case involving Ralph Thurman, a Trump supporter accused of making an attempt to forged his son’s vote, who additionally ultimately pleaded responsible.

It wasn’t lengthy earlier than of us — together with me — puzzled aloud whether or not Texas’ Dan Patrick would ever observe by way of on his financial-reward system. Because it seems, we now have a solution. The Dallas Morning Information reported at this time:

Practically a 12 months after providing up a hefty bounty for proof of voter fraud within the wake of Donald Trump’s loss, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick has handed out his first reward. However as an alternative of going to an informant who smoked out fraud by Democrats, Patrick’s five-figure payout went to a progressive ballot employee in Pennsylvania whose tip led to a single conviction of unlawful voting by a registered Republican.

Evidently, the progressive ballot employee in Pennsylvania was a person named Eric Frank who uncovered Ralph Thurman’s unlawful gambit — and who sought a monetary reward arrange by the Texas lieutenant governor.

Patrick is not paying Frank a cool million, however the Pennsylvanian did obtain a examine for $25,000. He instructed the Morning Information, “It is my perception that they had been making an attempt to get instances of Democrats doing voter fraud. And that simply wasn’t the case. This sort of blew up of their face.”

The newspaper’s report added, “With few strings connected, and extra instances of alleged GOP voting fraud nonetheless in Pennsylvania courts, Patrick could also be requested to shell out much more money to his opponents.”

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