Was the First Lady campaigning in a polling place?

14 October 2010

Drudge thinks so:

First lady Michelle Obama appears to have violated Illinois law — when she engaged in political discussion at a polling place!

The drama began after Mrs. Obama stopped off at the Martin Luther King Center on the south side of Chicago to cast an early vote.

After finishing at the machine, Obama went back to the desk and handed in her voting key.

She let voters including electrician Dennis Campbell, 56, take some photos.

“She was telling me how important it was to vote to keep her husband’s agenda going,” Campbell said.

According to a pool reporter from the CHICAGO SUN-TIMES at the scene, the conversation took place INSIDE the voting center, not far from the booths…

The rest of the Drudge article is here.

Jim Hoft at GatewayPundit writes, “Following the Law is for Thee… But Not For Me,” and offered this video:

…A top Ilinois State Board of Elections official tells the DRUDGE REPORT how Mrs. Obama may have simply been ignorant of the law and thus violated it unintentionally.

“You kind of have to drop the standard for the first lady, right?” the official explained late Thursday. “I mean, she’s pretty well liked and probably doesn’t know what she’s doing.”… [Emphasis CAJ]

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Wow! She’s just so great…We’re thinking of making THOSE two fantabulous sentences our Quote of the Day!

Think Holder’s DOJ will speak to Mrs. Obama about this teeny infraction of Illinois law? Nah, neither do we! Heck, they have been so busy avoiding prosecuting the New Black Panthers for their voter intimidation in 2008 that it will be the next election season two years hence before they’ll manage a word with FLOTUS…Busy, busy, busy.

Though one of Jim Hoft’s readers thinks the President’s wife should know better:

Bruce added this:

There’s NO WAY you can spend as much time running for office and working on political campaigns over the last ten years, as these two have, and be ignorant of this most basic of basic election laws.
NO. WAY.

Hoft wrote that she also ate a cheeseburger, though we’re pretty sure it MUST have been a tofu burger, or a carrot burger. Or something.

Update: On Facebook, one of CAJ’s friends reminds us that FLOTUS was a lawyer in Chicago, that she had to know this was illegal under her home state’s law.

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