Key Point: "In our view, state Sen. Martha Fuller Clark has been fully exonerated by the New Hampshire attorney general's office of any and all allegations of voter fraud, which were recklessly leveled by state GOP Chairwoman Jennifer Horn....Instead of doubling down on her unfounded accusations, Horn should apologize to Sen. Fuller Clark."
Portsmouth Herald Editorial: Horn should apologize to Fuller Clark
August 29, 2013
In our view, state Sen. Martha Fuller Clark has been fully exonerated by the New Hampshire attorney general's office of any and all allegations of voter fraud, which were recklessly leveled by state GOP Chairwoman Jennifer Horn.
In an Aug. 21 letter to Horn, Stephen G. LaBonte, an assistant attorney general, wrote: "Based on the factual findings of our investigation and our analysis of the applicable law, there is insufficient evidence to conclude that there has been any instance of voter fraud with regard to Senator Fuller Clark, Andrea Riccio, Ellen Whelan-West, Ryan Flynn and Bryan Griffith during the 2008 or 2012 election season."
We're not surprised by the attorney general's finding, because we had come to the same conclusion after a Herald reporter looked into the allegations when they were first leveled in July and very quickly found them to be without merit.
It's too bad Horn didn't do some fact-finding of her own before making these extremely serious allegations.
And it is ironic that Horn, who did so little investigation of her own, claims the attorney general "made no effort to look at any objective evidence." We have read the attorney general's report and it contains nothing but objective evidence.
Republicans have been trying hard for several years now to make the case that there is rampant voter fraud in New Hampshire requiring a tightening of voter ID laws. And New Hampshire now has a reasonable voter ID law that should soothe the paranoia of those who think they are losing elections due to fraud rather than their own poor performance and lack of ideas.
Wild accusations such as those tossed out by Horn, however, only damage the credibility of those calling for more stringent voter ID laws.
While we don't always agree with Sen. Fuller Clark, we have the deepest respect for her great contributions to our community and our state, and we resent the reckless allegations Horn made against her.
Instead of doubling down on her unfounded accusations, Horn should apologize to Sen. Fuller Clark.