Ghost writer: Look who’s writing racially charged blog posts for Louisiana’s secretary of state

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By Robert Mann

If you’re a black Democrat who supports automatic voter registration – an idea recently enacted in Oregon and gaining traction across the country – are you advocating voter fraud?

According to Secretary of State Tom Schedler’s campaign, yes, you are.

As of late Thursday afternoon, Schedler’s website prominently featured a column, which levels some harsh, racially charged allegations against his Democratic opponent, Chris Tyson, an LSU Law Center professor, who is black.

The column is headlined, “We Now Have A Campaign Issue In The Secretary Of State Race…” In the un-bylined column on Schedler’s website, Tyson is labeled “a partisan Democrat and an apologist for vote fraud.”

Nobody really believes that Tom Schedler has anything to worry about from Chris Tyson, the young law professor at LSU and former Mary Landrieu staffer who has been running for the job for over a year. Tyson is only sitting on about $80,000 as of the financial disclosure form he filed last week, compared to the $398,000 Schedler has in the bank.

Tyson would probably be on par with Schedler in the money race had he not be [sic] spending more than he took in over the last three months; the veteran incumbent knows that in most cases, a down-ballot statewide race draws little to no attention until the late stages of the campaign and as such it’s a poor use of one’s resources to spend a great deal of campaign funds.

Tyson’s money, of course, is not “the issue” in the race, as the column soon reveals [emphasis added].

And therefore, there is no particular reason why a black Democrat would mount a serious challenge to a Republican incumbent in a race like the one for Secretary of State.

Particularly when Tyson decides he wants to run on automatic voter registration, which is about as open an invitation to fraud and abuse as you can imagine.

Next, the column features a screenshot from Tyson’s Facebook page, on which he endorses the idea of automatic voter registration.

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Then, comes the partisan, rough and racially repugnant language. This would be shocking stuff from any candidate. But from an incumbent secretary of state, who we expect to refrain from partisanship in the administration of our elections, it’s especially troubling.

Here’s the rest of the column [emphasis added]:

First, you’ll struggle to find any responsible registrars of voters in Louisiana who are in actual support of automatic voter registration. Turning a voluntary system whereby the voters are responsible to maintain updated addresses with the registrars if they want to participate in the process a compulsory system where you don’t have to do any of that and the bureaucrats are all of a sudden responsible to keep track with tens of thousands, if not hundreds of thousands, of current addresses for each parish registrar’s office is neither cheap nor safe nor efficient.

Second, this is an obvious gambit by the Louisiana Democrat Party to enable voter fraud.

When you have lines on the voter rolls you know don’t represent people who will actually vote, you are free to manufacture votes out of those lines.

It’s Democrat voter fraud, old-style. When you have precincts which are uniformly Democrat and in neighborhoods where Republicans have a very difficult time recruiting poll-watchers, you can bus “voters” in on Election Day and have them fraudulently identify themselves as the “voters” who are on the rolls but either will never vote or do not exist, and no one will be able to disprove those “votes” until much later.

Clean voter rolls eliminate the opportunity for that kind of fraud. Automatically registering all the warm bodies, half of whom would never vote of their own volition and don’t even know who’s running, does nothing to promote an informed and engaged electorate and not much more to promote additional people voting unless the process is abused. And abuse of the process has a pedigree in Democrat politics – think back to all those ACORN voter registration drives which produced dead people and fictional characters being turned in as new voters by the thousands.

Conservatives understand this, and so do moderates. It’s only partisan Democrats who don’t.

And we now know Tyson is a partisan Democrat and an apologist for vote fraud. Who is running for Secretary of State where he would have the capacity to destroy the integrity of Louisiana’s electorate.

Our thanks to Tyson for his honest advocacy of dishonest and destructive policy proposals. It’s illuminating that he would do so, if disqualifying of him as a serious candidate for the office he seeks.

As of 5:20 p.m. on Thursday, there was no hyperlink associated with the piece. At first glance, it appears to be written by someone on Schedler’s campaign staff. It’s certainly presented to the unwitting reader as something written by a Schedler staffer.

Might we safely assume it appears on Schedler’s website because he agrees with its sentiments?

A quick Google search, however, reveals that the piece was written, instead, by Scott McKay, the publisher of the right-wing blog, The Hayride. Schedler, or whichever staffer runs his website, posted the piece with no attribution. As of Thursday afternoon, McKay’s name appeared nowhere on the campaign site and there was no link to original Hayride post.

Schedler and his staff apparently liked the piece so much, they just appropriated it, without attribution or a hyperlink.

If you’re not familiar with McKay, he is the same person who last week wrote and published the following post on his site:


McKay also makes money selling snake oil via email blasts to his blog’s readers. Here’s what readers received from him on Thursday morning:

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He’s a classy fellow. And he’s now an unwitting ghostwriter for the campaign of Schedler, the statewide elected official who will oversee Louisiana’s elections this fall while apparently running his own racially charged re-election effort.

Any bets on how long McKay’s piece remains on Schedler’s campaign website?

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13 Responses to Ghost writer: Look who’s writing racially charged blog posts for Louisiana’s secretary of state

  1. Stephen Winham says:

    This is ridiculous and embarrassing – just like The Hayride, itself. How can anybody even imagine anything positive can come from such mindless spew. Oh, I guess I forgot, this is “Trumpville” where insult is the highest form of honest expression.


  2. earthmother says:

    The hypocrisy of conservative/Republicans is just beyond belief. These people beat their chests claiming to be patriots and lovers of our democratic form of government, all the while doing everything possible to prevent people who hold beliefs different from theirs from exercising their right to vote. Clearly they know in their hearts that they will win few elections without gerrymandering and voter suppression. And they don’t even attempt to hide their agenda – selling it to the ignorant by characterizing the supposed fraudulent voters as people who are “not like you” and who are responsible for whatever is wrong with their lives. (Whatever happened to that “personal responsibility” mantra, anyway?)

    Sadly, Secretary of State Tom Schedler, who appeared to the casual observer to be a mild-mannered, rather innocuous, plain vanilla type of Republican, turns out to be just as rotten and wretched as the rest. Thank you, Bob, for bringing to our attention the importance of the Secretary of State’s race this fall, if we want to ensure that all citizens have the right to register to vote and to cast their vote as they wish.


  3. Fredster says:

    That piece was disgusting and uncalled for. I just always thought the S.o.S. office was a quiet little place that handled the elections and incorporation of businesses and the like. Now I’ll have to give some serious thought to the office and the candidates.

    Thanks Tom!


  4. This website and the comments are a great example of the Demolicans big money machine. The comments by the lib serfs are even more pointless. Claiming conservatives of hypocrisy, hypocrisy is the body lotion of the demolicians. This is like being admitted to the crazy house and there’s only 4 comments.


    • earthmother says:

      “demolicans/demolicians?” “lib serfs”? “Claiming conservatives of hypocrisy, hypocrisy is the body lotion of the demolicians.” “example of the big Demolicans money machine”? What does this even mean?

      If you have nothing to contribute, calling silly names is just childish. Or crazy.

      What I get out of this comment is an escapee from fourth grade (or the crazy house), who hasn’t yet learned how to communicate in writing, trying to get some attention from the adults. Join us again a little later, Michael – when you can act like an adult you’ll be treated like one.

      P.S. – what’s a demolican, anyway?


      • First, the earth has no mother. Inorganic materiel can’t have sex! It’s all going to go up in fire so don’t bother yourself. i love it when people accuse someone of name calling and then they call them names. You could think that you are now in a cage, caught like a rat in a trap. You kept sniffing and inching closer, WHAM the door slammed shut behind you. Duh… Demolition is the act of destroying things as if you didn’t know. People that destroy things are therefore demolicians, the inclusive part is democrats, politicians and so on. You are so wrapped up in your make believe world [if you are telling the truth] trying to make anything other than what you believe seem out-worldly. That is a very narrow view. p.s. Just because you say something doesn’t make it true. Reread that last sentence 10 maybe 15 times for it to create some new neural connections that may last a minute or two. “treated like one” ? What is important to me doesn’t include your opinion in anyway. Hope this helps if not write back, I can elaborate.


  5. What’s your point, Michael? (Other than “Democrats are poo-poo heads”)


  6. Just revealing the truth by exposing liberal, re progressives lies one at a time. If you keep doing the same thing you SHOULD expect the same results.


  7. Tony Brown says:

    if we have a secretary of state trying to ,limit access to voter registrations under the guise that it would open up voter registration fraud…I would have to question his motives. Yes when people go get there drivers license…registering them to vote is a great idea. Besides if they meet all the criteria to legally drive…those are the same types we want to register to vote. law abiding citizens have the right to drive why not give them the same right to vote. The fraud argument is a crappy one designed to scare the ignorant. Illegals and people with outstanding warrants cannot drive legally…this will also insure they will not be able to vote!

    Why are conservatives trying to go back to Jim Crow days of poll taxes and reciting the constitution by limiting access to the right to vote?


    • Are you referencing the recent fraud of selling drivers license’s in Ca.? There was another about the same time. What would make you think illegals, people who have no compunction about breaking the law, that they would not commit fraud? Please enlighten us to your secret knowledge. In case you haven’t noticed different groups of people have different ideas about how to run society’s as observed by the results on different continents. If you think I haven’t provided enough examples you can plenty on the internet thingee, just be careful to not go to sources who have a reputation of not exposing things that don’t line up with their ideology.


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