In the wake of the GOP registration fraud arrest, a lot of Republicans are finger-waving at California Secretary of State Bowen and claiming that (as a Democrat) she's being partisan in her investigation (remember, the local prosecutor has to decide to prosecute). Today, she challenged those claims.
Here's what she said (h/t PolitickerCA):
Bowen, speaking at a "drive-thru registration" event on the last day to register to vote in the Nov. 4 election, said she'd investigate Mother Teresa if there was reason to think the late Nobel Peace Prize winner was engaged in voter fraud.
"If a complaint is brought against any party, any individual, my office will investigate," Bowen said.
She also pointed out that in the case of Marc Anthony Jacoby, the decision to arrest and charge him with twice giving an address he didn't live at on his own voter registration form was up to local law enforcement and the district attorney in Los Angeles County - a Republican.
"I would've had to have had a lot of corroboration from a lot of people with no partisan agenda," said Bowen, a Democrat elected to her current office in 2006.
Disclosure: I know and trust Secretary Bowen.
At the same time this whole issue makes me itch a little. I'm working on a long post, and will be seeing if there's an interesting open-source research project that we can all do together this November.