Of course, just one week ago Sheila Jackson Lee reportedly harassed poll watchers at a polling station.
Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) wants Eric Holder to save voters from hostile tea partiers at polling stations.
King Samir Shabazz (L) and Jerry Jackson (R), both of Philadelphia pose for their photo above. Jerry Jackson is a certified democratic poll watcher. Eric Holder dropped charges against club-wielding Black Panther members at a polling station in 2008.
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Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas) is asking the Department of Justice to investigate whether tea party groups are intimidating black and Hispanic voters in her district.
Jackson Lee has asked Attorney General Eric Holder to send poll monitors to her district on Nov. 2 to make sure the King Street Patriots, a local conservative voter turnout and tea party group, aren’t stopping people from voting.
“Many of these incidents of voter intimidation have been occurring in predominately minority neighborhoods and have been directed at African-Americans and Latinos,” she said in the letter. “It is unconscionable to think that anyone would deliberately employ the use of such forceful and intimidating tactics in 2010 to undermine the fundamental, constitutional right to vote.”
“I urge you to order an immediate investigation into these incidents and call for the Department of Justice to send poll monitors to Harris County immediately to ensure a safe and neutral voting environment during the Nov. 2 election,” Jackson Lee wrote.
The King Street Patriots and its True the Vote initiative, comprised of a group of citizen-volunteers dedicated to election integrity, also sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Justice asking for their assistance by sending federal election monitors and staff from the Community Relations Service to help monitor the polls.