The finance chairman for the Republican National Committee was caught on tape saying that Democratic voters in Detroit are picked up in pool halls and barbershops and bused to multiple polling precincts where they vote multiple times, the Detroit Free Press reports. Ron Weiser, a major Republican fundraiser who also served as chairman of the Michigan GOP, made the comments at an August tea party event that was taped by a Democratic operative. Weiser said Friday that he meant no offense after the released comments drew sharp criticism.
Weisel told the paper Friday that he believes there has been voter fraud in Detroit under past mayors, including the late Mayor Coleman Young and former Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick.
From the Detroit Free Press:
He made the comments in the video while explaining why he thought the GOP had a strong chance of winning Michigan in the Nov. 6 presidential election.
First, Detroit’s population, which heavily votes Democratic, has shrunk, Weiser said in the video.
“Secondly, no Coleman Young machine. No Kwame Kilpatrick machine. There is no Dave Bing machine. There’s no machine to go to the pool halls and the barbershops and put those people on buses, and then bus them from precinct to precinct where they vote multiple times.
“And there’s no machine to get ’em to stop playing pool and drinking beer in the pool hall. And it does make a difference.”