Forget New Black Panthers, feds think whites intimidate

Posted: October 20, 201010:04 pm Eastern

By Bob Unruh © 2010 WorldNetDaily

President Obama's Department of Justice, the same agency that stunningly dismissed most counts against baton-waving New Black Panthers who confronted Philadelphia voters in front of a polling place in 2008, now is jumping into the investigation of allegations that members of the "white middle class" intimidated minority voters in Harris County, Texas, by "hovering."

The case has developed in a county Terry O'Rourke, the first assistant in the county attorney's office, described to WND as probably having the most diverse population anywhere in the United States.

Because of concerns over the integrity of elections, several groups researched the voting procedures and records. Among the results was that of the 25,000 voter registrations submitted by a group called Houston Votes, headed by a man who also worked for the Service Employees International Union, only 1,793 actually were valid.

Given that evidence, when early voting in the county opened this week, there were a number of teams that went into some of the suspect areas to monitor the voting.

But, O'Rourke confirmed to WND, the poll watchers were "almost all white and middle class" and were going into "low-income neighborhoods."

Under the best of circumstances that probably would generate antagonism, he suggested.

The result was that Gerry Birnberg, the Harris County Democratic chairman, told reporters that a number of complaints had been submitted about poll watchers "hovering" over voters and "getting in their face."

A spokeswoman for local U.S. attorney's office said their team was playing no role in the review of events. But she said the investigators from DOJ headquarters in Washington were involved, and a spokesman in D.C. confirmed that for WND.