House Judiciary Committee Chairman Rep. Lamar Smith of Texas told The Daily Caller on Wednesday that he thinks the staffers for President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign caught on camera telling an activist how to vote twice should be fired immediately.
“It is an outrage that Obama campaign staffers appear to be encouraging voters to engage in voter fraud,” Smith said in a statement. “But even more outrageous is that this is happening at the same time that the Obama administration is blocking state laws enacted to prevent voter fraud. Several states, including Texas, enacted commonsense voter ID laws that require voters to show a valid form of identification before they vote. But the Obama administration has challenged these laws in court, preventing them from being implemented before the November elections.”
“Contrary to the statements of the Obama campaign staffer, voter fraud is neither ‘cool’ nor ‘hilarious,’” Smith added. “It is a very serious crime that undermines the integrity of our electoral process and threatens the future of our democracy. Obama campaign staffers who encouraged voters to violate the law and cast fraudulent ballots should be fired. And rather than seeking to block commonsense voter ID laws, the Obama administration should support efforts by states to ensure the integrity of our elections.”
Democratic National Committee spokesman Brad Woodhouse hasn’t answered why the Democratic National Committee continues to pay the salary of Stephanie Caballero – the regional field director for Obama’s Organizing For America in Houston. According to Federal Election Commission records, the DNC pays Caballero’s salary.
Ben LaBolt, Obama’s campaign spokesman, hasn’t answered questions on the behavior Caballero and other campaign staffers and volunteers exhibited in the videos.
Department of Justice spokeswoman Tracy Schmaler hasn’t answered either, on whether Attorney General Eric Holder plans to do anything about the potentially illegal behavior on display in the video, taken by conservative activist James O’Keefe’s Project Veritas