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STATE LAWMAKER’S PROXIMITY TO AUTHOR OF RACIST EMAIL IS CHALLENGED

S.C. Rep. Alan Clemmons (RINO-Myrtle Beach) is already in hot water for saying “amen” to a racist email sent from an individual identified by the mainstream media as his “constituent.”  But is the man who sent the email really a constituent of Clemmons?  And did the veteran fiscal liberal from Horry County not shoot straight when he was asked under oath about his relationship with the man?

The drama surrounding Clemmons is playing out on the national stage as the U.S. Department of Justice (USDOJ) fights to overturn South Carolina’s voter ID law – which we maintain is a colossal waste of time and money.

According to a lengthy memo obtained exclusively by FITS, Clemmons knew the author of the racist email – New York native Ed Koziol – much better than he claimed under oath.

“I don’t know Ed Koziol other than that he sent me an e-mail telling me that we’d met at a Republican event, I believe,” the author of the Voter ID legislation testified during last month’s trial. “And other than that, I would not know the man if he were to walk in the courtroom.”

Wait … is that last part really true?

Ed Koziol

According to the memo we obtained, Koziol isn’t just some random “constituent” of Clemmons.   He’s a Republican activist who is the captain of his local precinct and a prolific letter writer to The (Myrtle Beach, S.C.) Sun News, the paper of record in Clemmons’ district.  Not only that, Koziol and Clemmons are both members of the Horry County Republican Party’s executive committee – and have met each other on numerous previous occasions in this capacity.

How do we know this?  Because we called several members of the committee (whose names are included on this list) and asked them whether Clemmons’ claim that he “would not know (Koziol) if he were to walk in the courtroom” was true or false.

Guess what … every single one of the committee members we spoke with said that Clemmons claim was false.  Not only that, two committee members told us that Clemmons has previously reached out to them asking that they downplay their knowledge of his proximity to Koziol.

Ruh-roh … last time we checked, that’s obstruction of justice.

Obviously, we continue to maintain that this whole charade is totally unnecessary.  Not only should South Carolina have never passed such a “solution in search of a problem” in the first place, but the federal government is being equally ridiculous in making a federal case over it.  In fact according to an excellent post on this lawsuit over at PJ Media, staff at the USDOJ “recommended preclearance” of South Carolina’s voter ID law prior to political appointees of U.S. President Barack Obama overruling their decision.

That’s interesting because it would indicate that the feds found very little – if anything – to document the allegation that the law is discriminatory.

“This revelation is also damning because it means there is extensive DOJ documentation supporting South Carolina’s lawsuit,” PJ Media’s J. Christian Adams writes. “DOJ lawyers did not reveal to the three-judge federal panel the internal preclearance recommendation stating that the law did not discriminate.  Nor did the Justice Department provide these documents to South Carolina in discovery.”

Hmmmm …

At the end of the day it seems as though both parties to this totally unnecessary lawsuit are having trouble being honest …

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