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January 14, 2011

Suttle apologizes for busing homeless to polls; investigation launched

by Deena Winter

Oh, man it just keeps getting worse and worse for Omaha Mayor Jim Suttle, who faces a recall election Jan. 25.

Omaha Mayor Jim Suttle

Now he is apologizing for his supporters’ decision to drive three busloads full of apparently mostly homeless people to the election office Wednesday to vote early (presumably against his recall) and pay them $5 for a half-hour “training program” on how to canvass neighborhoods and hand out campaign literature. (As if sending homeless people door-to-door to urge people to get out and vote against the mayor’s recall is sound political strategy.)
Now the Omaha World-Herald is reporting that a voter who was standing in line with some of the homeless people heard a woman repeatedly urging the bused-in voters to vote “no.”
My Lord, who is advising this mayor?
He quickly wised up and apologized for the whole mess, but not before the county attorney asked the State Highway Patrol to investigate the busing incident.

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