Without a doubt the award for most absurd excuse ever made has to go to Homer Simpson in Season 11’s ‘Behind The Laughter’ episode:

“I want to set the record straight — I thought the cop was a prostitute.”

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In Ohio, the leader for most absurd excuse WAS Jarrod Martin who told police officers trying to arrest him for a drunken brawl at a Residence Inn in Beavercreek: “We weren’t fighting; just having ‘a friendly wrestling match in [our] hotel room’.”

But ladies and gentlemen… I think we have a new winner.

Tonight the Plain Dealer reports that the Ohio Republican Party is trying desperately to do damage control on Doug Preisse, Franklin County GOP chairman and one of John Kasich’s closest advisers, who admitted Republicans want to restrict voting hours to decrease the likelihood that African American voters can make it to the polls.

According to Preisse: “We shouldn’t contort the voting process to accommodate the urban — read African-American — voter-turnout machine.”

Ohio Democratic Party Chairman Chris Redfern called the comments “patently racist”.

The Ohio Republican Party’s response?

“Preisse thought his comments to the Dispatch were off the record”

Wow!  That’s nearly as good as the Simpson’s quote – and it happened in real life!

There wasn’t a lot of ambiguity in Preisse’s comments, he said what he meant and he said it clearly:  The old process made it too easy for African Americans to vote and the new policy will effectively, and with my full support,  disenfranchise thousands of black voters.  He even told the Dispatch in response to a similar question:  “bullshitQuote me!

So the best excuse they can come up with is: he thought his racist comments were off the record?

No wonder the Plain Dealer reporters can’t get Preisse to return their calls.

Worst. Excuse. Ever.

Evangelize!
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  • http://www.dougberger.net Doug B.

    Why he would even say that off the record – it is the stupidest thing to say on or off the record if you are in politics. And they want to be in charge?

  • jr6020

    Rachel Maddow reported that officials in Mahoning County have voted to extend early voting to weekends. I hope this uprising spread. Now, if the new county government in Cuyahoga County would follow (and all the other urban counties too), Husted will have a PR mess on his hands. Looks like Kasich’s honeymoon with Cleveland black leaders has come to an abrupt end…Stayed tuned, folks, I’m sure there’s more drama to follow…Jim, Columbus

  • anastasjoy

    When did Kasich have a honeymoon with black voters? And one that lasted a year and a half? No.

  • jr6020

    Unfortunately, they ARE in charge…

  • jr6020

    Remember when he was photographed a few months back hugging Rep (or Senator- I not sure which) Nina Turner? They were allies on the new Cleveland Schools reorganization bill that gave the Major new powers…Jim, Columbus

  • http://reconstitution.us/rcnew Jolly Roger (Plutocrap)

    Preisse has burned one cross too many. This can’t be allowed to stand.

  • Nitebug

    Well at least now I know where I stand according to these racist politicians.

  • http://bestessay4u.com/ bestessay4u.com

    When did Kasich have a honeymoon with black voters?

  • Dmoore

    He should resign immediately.

  • John W.

    This entire case is absolutely disgusting. Preisse’s comments reflect the general attitude of Republicans who are trying to restrict the vote.

    Everyone deserves the right to vote. Kasich and his party need to understand that.

  • Jay

    Just confirming and admitting what has always been obvious. . . .just can’t even pretend to hide it now. . . .but will it make any difference? Unfortunately, they still talk of equal access to voting hours, etc. . . .as if that proves across the board equality. . . .too many people want to believe what they want, regardless of the facts

  • Retrofuturistic

    “… one of John Kasich’s closest advisors….”

  • http://twitter.com/LittleWealthy1 Odette

    I never heard of Doug Priesse until today & he does not represent my views. I am a God lover, Bible reader, servant of the Living God & there is always a bad apple, such as Biden’s remarks that “they will put you back in chains” etcetera.

  • piterdufflerpiterduffler

    So cute)

  • Terry Been

    Ereist, I think you’re right!

  • Perry

    Cool phone! I would like to have that one.

  • bertyfaserty

    Good post and right to the point.

  • bertyfaserty

    Nice Article. Hope to see more article from your side under this category.
    Nice one !

  • Chaco

    They just can’t resist showing off to their racist friends “in private”.

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