Posted By LambChop
Much has been made of the intense intimidation endured by Catherine Engelbrecht, founder of the King Street Patriots and True the Vote. Jillian Kay Melchior in an article for National Review Online (http://www.nationalreview.com/node/348756) details Engelbracht’s horrific experience after being targeted by the feds – personal and business audits by the IRS, visits from the ATF and OSHA to their family business.
Turns out that Houston’s hometown honey, Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) asked Attorney General Eric Holder to investigate election integrity org True the Vote and its associated Tea Party group, King Street Patriots, immediately before the IRS and DOJ began targeting the group in June 2010.
Jackson Lee sent a letter to Holder that falsely accused True the Vote of supposedly intimidating voters and even cited unspecified “instances” of voter intimidation. The letter offered no documented evidence nor proof of any kind.
Turns out that Engelbrecht had been looking into documentable voting registration irregularities in Congresswoman Jackson Lee’s district.
“It was strange and concerning. She first said there were unspecified reports of crimes and that we were believed to be behind them. In the next paragraph, she began specifically stating that the events did occur, thus accusing us of crimes. We really thought, and still do for that matter, that the congresswoman was going on the offense as a defense. This happened immediately after our group found an unexplainable and unusually high number of voter registration irregularities in her district,” said Engelbrecht. “None of our experts, none of our socio-economic comparisons and considerations could explain why her district had so many irregularities.” said Catherine Engelbrecht, founder of King Street Patriots and True the Vote.