Wednesday, May 07, 2008

Hillary supporter alleges Indiana shenanigans

Tom McDermott, the white mayor of Hammond, Indiana, used his star turn on CNN last night to accuse Rudy Clay, the black mayor of Gary, Indiana, of something that smells "corrupt" in the slow pace of election returns coming out of that urban center in last night's presidential primary. The accusation came just around midnight, central daylight time, when the Indiana race, quite surprisingly, remained too close to call.

McDermott is a Hillary Clinton supporter, and Clay, a Barack Obama supporter.

Still awaiting transcript; will post tonight. (Your blogstress will be travelling much of the day.)

UPDATE: Here's the transcript. Excerpt below.

MCDERMOTT: I'm not going to pick on where I'm from. I'm proud to be from Lake County. And there is hanky-panky in politics all across the state of Indiana, all across the United States.

I'm not going to dig into Lake County's past. But I can tell you that this is -- it looks improper, what's happening. I'm not saying anything improper is happening, but it looks improper, and that's the problem I have is we don't need this kind of negative exposure in Lake County, Indiana. And I know that there are good people working on the county election board. I know Mayor Clay very well. He's an outspoken Obama supporter. I'm an outspoken Clinton supporter.

Release the numbers, Mayor Clay, because this is ridiculous. It's midnight.

BLITZER: Mayor Clay, are you still with us?

CLAY: I'm still here.

BLITZER: Good. Do you want to respond to what Mayor McDermott of Hammond said?

CLAY: First of all, we have some of the best people working in Lake County, Indiana, in our elections department that you have anywhere in the world. Not only that, we have Democrats and Republicans counting these ballots here. There is no hanky-panky going on here in Lake County, Indiana.

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