Romney’s Rove

JUNE 13, 2012
Meet Nathan Sproul, the Karl Rove of Arizona
Romney’s Dirty Trickster
by RICHARD SCHIFFMAN

They say if you want to know who a man is, find out who his friends are. In that case, meet Mitt Romney’s new buddy, Nathan Sproul, the former leader of the Arizona Republican Party and the Arizona Christian Coalition.

OK, the word “buddy” may not be exactly right. How about cohort, accomplice, hired gun? That might better describe the shadowy political consultant who has recently joined the Romney election team.

Come to think of it, scratch, “political consultant.” Replace it with “dirty trickster,” or more pointedly, “perpetrator of voter fraud.” Alright, we’ll need to add the qualifying term “alleged” before “perpetrator,” since Sproul has not actually done jail time yet for stealing votes. (Who has?) Let’s just say that the Republican operative, who has been called “Arizona’s Carl Rove,” has had a chequered career over the last two decades playing fast and loose with the electoral process. Here are a few highlights culled from a recent story in Republic Report and elsewhere:

*The firm Sproul and Associates was investigated for voter fraud in Nevada during their work on behalf of the Bush-Cheney campaign in 2004. Sproul’s registrars allegedly canvassed voters about which candidate they were planning to support. If they were leaning Republican, the group helped them to register. If they leaned Democratic, they ignored them, or later destroyed the form.

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