Fake Obama voting card at early voting site
With record numbers of early voters swarming to the polls, you can bet there are going to be some dirty tricks pulled.
And we've found the first one. At all early voting sites, you're going to find campaign operatives stalking the long lines and handing out cards that list their recommended candidates.
You can see an example of one of them in the photo above. It purports to be "The Obama Voters Guide" -- and it's a complete sham.
It obviously doesn't come from Obama, who hasn't taken sides in the judicial races of Broward County. But maybe the easiest tell-tale sign that it's a dirty trick is the listing of School Board candidate Torey Alston on the card.
That's not just because Obama obviously hasn't taken sides in school board races, but because Alston is a die-hard Republican, while his opponent, Rosalind Osgood, is a die-hard Democrat. So it doesn't fit at all. Osgood, a pastor, said she saw someone handing out the fake Obama cards at the African American Research Library on Sistrunk Boulevard in Fort Lauderdale early Saturday.
"There was a kid that interestingly had on a Lamberti t-shirt who was handing them out," said Osgood, noting that Lamberti's opponent Scott Israel is endorsed on the card.
She said a woman in line told her that Corey Alston, Torey's twin brother and campaign maestro, had been there earlier handing out the same cards.
"I can't believe this," said Osgood. "These people will go to any extreme to try to win this race."
I left a message this morning on Torey Alston's cell phone and will update with his response when he provides it. One thing is for sure: There were plenty of early voters to try to influence in South Florida yesterday (and today, as long lines have formed again across Broward and Miami-Dade). In Broward there were 28,330 people who voted early yesterday, some waiting in line for five hours or more to cast a ballot. For perspective, just 11,172 people voted on the first day of early voting in 2008.