Your Sunday jolt: Tea party shirts, hats, buttons barred from Georgia voting sites

Tea party enthusiasts are livid over a ruling by Secretary of State Brian Kemp that shirts, hats and buttons with tea party logos won’t be allowed in polling places on Tuesday.

From the Chattanooga Times Free Press:

The loose organization claims to be nonpartisan, but its endorsements in several races are mostly Republicans and Libertarians.

James Groce, head of the Walker County Tea Party, said he was kicked out of a Chickamauga voting precinct last week for wearing a Walker County Tea Party shirt.

He said he was allowed to vote after calling the elections office and threatening to call U.S. marshals. He said the shirt does not promote any candidate or party affiliation.

“I said, ‘Where do you see Republican, Democrat, Libertarian or Independent on my T-shirt?’” Groce said. “If you’re being told that you need to go change clothes before you vote … that is a violation of civil rights.”

Walker County Elections Supervisor Barbara Berry said that, when she first called the secretary of state’s office, she was told that allowing or disallowing tea party gear would be a local decision.

On Friday, however, the state office held a statewide web conference to explain that tea party paraphernalia should not be allowed.

“The word from the secretary of state’s office is that no one can wear the tea party shirts, buttons or hats into our polling places,” Berry explained.

Matt Carrothers, a spokesman for the secretary of state’s office, said state law covers more than just political parties and candidates’ names.

He cited a section of Georgia code that states: “No person shall solicit votes in any manner or by any means or method, nor shall any person distribute or display any campaign literature, newspaper, booklet, pamphlet, card, sign, paraphernalia, or any other written or printed matter of any kind” inside any polling place.

Debbie Dooley of the Atlanta Tea Party called last night to say that she’d just finished a long conversation with Kemp – and is demanding that all other clothing with messages from labor unions, the National Rifle Association and Georgia Right to Life also be banned.

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That avoiding a runoff has become a central focus of Nathan Deal, the Republican nominee for governor, was made clear in the second of two televised debates on Saturday.

From the Fox 5 confrontation, via the Associated Press:

In something of a surprise, Deal tossed a question to John Monds, asking the Libertarian – who has said he supports decriminalizing marijuana – whether he would also support such a move for “harder drugs” and prostitution. Monds said he would not.

There is some concern the Libertarian could draw enough votes to send the race into a runoff and Deal seemed to have his eye on cutting into Monds’ support.

A poll published Sunday by the AJC and the Georgia Newspapers Partnership shows Monds drawing a crucial 6 percent of the vote.The survey shows Deal at 47 percent and Democrat Roy Barnes at 40 percent.

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Democrat Roy Barnes’s top media guy gave a harsh assessment of his candidate’s chances to the New York Times on Saturday:

Georgia voters would be hard-pressed to recognize Raymond D. Strother. But as a veteran of political advertising — writing the scripts, editing the sound, directing the actors — he provides the most direct contact they may ever have with a Democratic candidate. It is the quintessential behind-the-scenes job, with Mr. Strother, 70, an avuncular Texan, working in a small recording studio beside a bowling alley and a strip club, with one assistant.

“No, I never even thought about running for office myself,” he said. “I’m too blunt.”

Blunt, for example, when he handicaps the outlook for Mr. Barnes: “All things being equal, it will be very hard for a Democrat to win Georgia,” he said. “In focus groups, people say, ‘Sure, your opponent’s a crook — but he’s a Republican and I’m voting for him.’ ” Polls show Mr. Barnes slightly behind his Republican opponent, Nathan Deal, a former congressman whom the Barnes campaign has tried — with limited success — to paint as corrupt.

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U.S. Rep. Jim Marshall’s voting record and his efforts to separate himself from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has been a focus of the contest for the 8th Congressional District. Mike Stucka had these paragraphs in Saturday’s Macon Telegraph:

Claims by the National Republican Congressional Committee that Marshall votes with Pelosi “almost 90 percent of the time” come from a Washington Post analysis of how often Marshall voted with his own party in the last two years. But a vote with other Democrats isn’t necessarily the same thing as a vote specifically with Pelosi. As speaker of the House, Pelosi, following tradition, votes only on select or major bills.

The Telegraph looked at how often Marshall voted with Pelosi — since she’s been House speaker — when Pelosi and House Minority Leader John Boehner, R-Ohio, cast opposing votes on substantive legislation. The Telegraph analysis — of 2.5 million House votes — shows that Marshall has backed Pelosi 60.6 percent of the time and Boehner 39.4 percent of the time when Pelosi and Boehner disagreed on a measure.

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Jeff

October 31st, 2010
11:49 am

So Nathan Deal exposes himself – yet again – as a man who can NOT be trusted with our most basic rights.

If you do not have the right to own yourself and your property, you have NO rights. By suggesting that we do not own our own bodies, Shady Deal shows his utter and complete hatred of all humans – not just those he considers “ghetto grandmothers”.

Give Nathan the Third Finger and Vote Monds!

AngryVoter

October 31st, 2010
11:53 am

Gotta love how Barnes and his paid staffers run to the liberal media and say things about us that they wouldn’t say in GA. They love to present us as ill-informed hicks, don’t they?

They did it with the flag issue. (People here are too racist to accept a flag change, which is why Barnes lost, when we all know Barnes lost because he did a poor job.) Cleland did it with the patriotism claim. And now Barnes is doing it by trying to paint us as blindly voting for a Rep, no matter what.

Georgians will not vote for Barnes. It has nothing to do with the fact he is a Dem. The Dems had a chance to nominate an electable candidate and chose to nominate Barnes. The Reps had a chance to nominate an electable candidate, and they didn’t nominate the unelectable Ox. The election was lost in that primary. Had the Reps nominated Ox and the Dems nominated anyone else, the Dem would have won. Heck, any other Dem would likely have also beat Deal.

This is what Roy says about us to his liberal elite friends. He must think we aren’t smart enough to read the NY Times. Maybe he hasn’t experienced the Internet?

Ralph

October 31st, 2010
11:58 am

Oh boy – lots of AJC bias here.

1. NO political buttons, T-shirts, or campaigning is allowed at polling places. That includes Democrats, Jim – not your favorite targets.

2. The AJC and Georgia newspaper partnership poll is left biased. Other polls now show Deal at 50%, and there are not undecided votes by Wednesday when they are all counted (except for Fulton County which will still be counting dead peoples votes). Some voters are likely to back away from Monds to make their votes count. Deal is likely to avoid a runoff.

3. Quoting the rabidly leftist New York Times is right up the AJC’s alley. There is even a website dedicated to expose the NYT’s liberal slant – http://www.mrc.org/timeswatch/
The AJC is too small to be noticed, but your continued shilling using Barne’s media guy calling Deal a crook even had the NYT comment: “Mr. Barnes slightly behind his Republican opponent, Nathan Deal, a former congressman whom the Barnes campaign has tried — with limited success — to paint as corrupt.” The AJC has also had limited success. And the part about Barnes being “slightly behind” will be laughable if Deal wins by a landslide.

Terrance D.

October 31st, 2010
12:00 pm

I know I’m going to need a long shower after voting to wash of all the dirt and crud.

RE-ELECT NOBODY!

Last Man Standing

October 31st, 2010
12:11 pm

A new poll released Sunday shows Republican Nathan Deal with a 7-point lead over Democrat Roy Barnes in Georgia’s gubernatorial race heading into Tuesday’s general election.

Deal pulled 47 percent of the vote compared with 40 percent for Barnes, according to the poll by Mason-Dixon Polling and Research Inc. Libertarian John Monds garnered 6 percent of the vote. Seven percent of voters were undecided.

The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percentage points.
Deal is below the 50 percent plus one of the vote needed to avoid a runoff under Georgia law. But a spokesman predicted undecided voters would break in favor of the former congressman from Gainesville.

Last Man Standing

October 31st, 2010
12:18 pm

Was the result of this poll reported in the AJC? If it was, I missed seeing it!

Last Man Standing

October 31st, 2010
12:19 pm

As I said yesterday . . . you can stick a fork in Marshall: he’s done.

gm

October 31st, 2010
12:26 pm

Last Man Standing: There have been 2 hours of wait in lines, at Dem areas.
I can not wait to see these Rep face, when Barnes beat that bigot deal, any body who stands with a man that voted against the voted rights act to surpress a people to vote are bunch of racist hicks from the south and Un America.
This is why Blacks Latino, Muslims came out in large Numbers, Deal does not respresent the way Georiga looks.

Sharia Lawyer

October 31st, 2010
12:26 pm

The signs are out there that Nathan Deal does not have good judgement in financial decisions. Don’t say we weren’t warned. Remember that Bill Clinton admitted to Leslie Stahl that he had caused pain in his marriage. We knew what he meant. South Carolina govenor Mark Sanford objected to the fidelity part of his marriage vows. Again, the voters ignored it and were embarrassed. Don’t say we weren’t warned.

Last Man Standing

October 31st, 2010
12:29 pm

The AJC only said that the “survey shows Deal at 47 percent and Democrat Roy Barnes at 40 percent”. I guess you could say the AJC “covered” it! They just left out some crucial parts of it!

gm

October 31st, 2010
12:32 pm

Most Dem are not voting for Marshal he is nothing but a Rep in sheep clothing, instead of him telling thise idiots conservatives how Dem saved this country from going deeper in the toilet, he tried to please these tea party Anti Fake Americans. .

Catoosa County Patriot

October 31st, 2010
12:33 pm

I am a local Tea Party coordinator in Catoosa County. The article by in the Times Free press is terribly flawed with misrepresentations and incorrect statements. First, Mr. Groce is a friend of mine. He told me that the reporter completely twisted his statement as well as adding opinions of his own. The reporter’s words… “The loose organization claims to be nonpartisan, but its endorsements in several races are mostly Republicans and Libertarians’ I would like to know which group he is referring to and whom they endorsed? Also, Mr. Groce was not “kicked out”. He asked the poll worker to step outside to discuss the matter. He was allowed to re-enter after the poll workers contacted the SOS office who told them his Tea Party shirt would be okay. He did not vote that day. He took his wife to vote early and happened to be wearing one of his Walker County Tea Party shirts that he wears often.
Secondly..As far as I know, no one in Catoosa County has been harassed for wearing patriotic clothing….yet. One of the Catoosa County Election board members had initially told me that patriotic clothing would not be allowed, then a few days later after he spoke with the SOS office, he told me as long as the clothing did not say “Vote For” that it would be allowed. How are they going to police bumper stickers? Are they going to post parking lot monitors at each polling place? I would like for the Secretary of State’s office to state why they initially allowed patriotic clothing, and then did a 180. Which time did their legal experts get it wrong? Also, What about P.A.C. groups like NOW ACORN, NRA, Right to life, etc.?

the mehlman rings twice

October 31st, 2010
12:34 pm

Chain of events after the election:
1. Deal sworn in as govenor.
2. Supporter agrees to “purchase” Deal’s home above the asking price and claim that it was a steal.
3. Deal uses the “profit” to pay off part of his loan by the Feb. 1, 2011 due date.
4. If Deal is kicked out of office he will “repurchase” home at discount amout.
5. If Deal serves out his term, he will by then be a wealthy man.
6. Either way, problem solved.

Last Man Standing

October 31st, 2010
12:36 pm

gm:

I’m not going to try to explain the issues you raised. You have decided how you will vote and you have determined that Barnes will be the winner. No amount of explanation or logical argument is going to affect you. The truth, however, will hit you squarely in the face very late Tuesday night or early Wednesday morning. I suspect that if you show up on this blog after that time, it will be with a brand new screen name.

Have a nice day.

Last Man Standing

October 31st, 2010
12:41 pm

Catoosa County Patriot:

“What about P.A.C. groups like NOW ACORN, NRA, Right to life, etc.?”

One fact that you can coount on is that the U.S. DOJ will NOT prohibit “ACORN” garb!

B. Thenet

October 31st, 2010
12:41 pm

Another blog post, another comment by Ralph whining about how unfair life is for the entrenched party of the large corporate business interests.

Ralph, you are probably the same guy who thinks Christmas is being stolen if one town has to have a mennorah alongside a Christmas Tree, despite the fact that 85% of the country celebrates it and practically the entire country shuts down for that holiday.

the mehlman rings twice

October 31st, 2010
12:48 pm

You Atlanta Tea Party people have done it now! You are now on record for opposing NRA information being distributed in polling places.

ATLER

October 31st, 2010
12:50 pm

I always see you non-Atlanta residents always talking trash about the metro area, and continue to elect country boys that do nothing for this state as a whole. Sonny (worthless) Purdue did nothing for 8 years in Ga and now you people are trying to elect Deal (broke) as our new governor???? He needs it bad to help him get back on his feet with bad investment deals!!!!!!!!!! All you Atlanta haters need to realize that Ga needs Atlanta. Atlanta is the bloodline of Ga. With out Atlanta Ga is just another Alabama, Mississippi, Kentucky, South Carolina etc………… Just another poor southern state. So show us some thanks up hear!!!!!!!!!!

Sharia Lawyer

October 31st, 2010
12:52 pm

Last Man Standing:
It is not up to the DOJ to prohibit ACORN garb from polling places. That is the job of the local election officials.

ATLER

October 31st, 2010
12:56 pm

@ ( the mehlman rings twice)
Chain of events after the election:
1. Deal sworn in as governor.
2. Supporter agrees to “purchase” Deal’s home above the asking price and claim that it was a steal.
3. Deal uses the “profit” to pay off part of his loan by the Feb. 1, 2011 due date.
4. If Deal is kicked out of office he will “repurchase” home at discount amount.
5. If Deal serves out his term, he will by then be a wealthy man.
6. Either way, problem solved.

I TOTALLY AGREE 100% Deal needs this win to get back on his feet and some Georgians can’t see this or just too stupid to realize their getting hosed!!!!!!!!

Ralph

October 31st, 2010
1:02 pm

B. Thenet – No complaining for me about life being unfair; you are thinking of Democrats who post how stupid the majority of the Georgia electorate is. I stand with the majority, and am glad I live here.

Sorry to tell you that I am not part of the right wing religious fringe. I don’t think we should have a Christian (or any other religious) theocracy. Christmas is fine as a holiday. Government sanctioned prayer, and religious displays on government property are out of bounds for me.

Last Man Standing

October 31st, 2010
1:03 pm

Sharia Lawyer:

“It is not up to the DOJ to prohibit ACORN garb from polling places. That is the job of the local election officials.”

And on what planet do you reside? Yes, the local officials could ban the “AQCORN” nuts, but the DOJ, headed up by Obama’a AG Eric Holder, would move swiftly to shut the local control down. Ask Arizona how the DOJ is working out for them?

Get a ckue, and a life!

rufus

October 31st, 2010
1:05 pm

I’ve known Roy Barnes for about 25 years and in that time have found him to be an affable and honest individual. Regardless of how you feel about government(big or small) there are issues in our lives that only government can address: traffic and transportation, drinking water, state wide education, etc. Mr. Barnes has shown the capacity in his prevsious term as governor to tackle these issues in an innovative, coordinated and reasonably effective manner. Was he perfect? Absolutely not, but in this era we settle for “moderately effective” and we should feel fortunate when we find that standard in a politician.
Mr. Barnes is predictable as a known quantity. When we set logic aside and vote by party based on their respective performance decades ago, we all lose.
Time to close your eyes and vote for Mr. Barnes…you simply have no other choice.

Jeff Gannon

October 31st, 2010
1:06 pm

If Deal wins I’m going to ask him how he expects to work with the Democrats who seem to have lost touch with reality.

Last Man Standing

October 31st, 2010
1:07 pm

Now, all you democrats/liberals/progressives, let’s practice! Can you say “Goodbye, Roybama, hello Governor Deal”? You bet you can! It’s a lovely day in the neighborhood!

Bama Bob

October 31st, 2010
1:10 pm

GM
Why is it that Republicans are considered by some to be a “bunch of racist hicks and UnAmerican”?
I would think that, ftrom the tone of your posting, you a also what you call us, maybe even worse.

lex

October 31st, 2010
1:11 pm

Deal can always go to Perdue’s banker and get a $21 million loan, with minimal collateral.
To the victor belong the spoils. And too bad for the rest of us. I hope the FBI will lurking around keeping tabs on some of our pols better than they have in the past.

Last Man Standing

October 31st, 2010
1:12 pm

rufus:

“Time to close your eyes and vote for Mr. Barnes…you simply have no other choice.”

One would have to close their eyes and suffer memory lapse to vote for Roybama. I’m afraid you have been badly misled when you say, “you simply have no other choice”. When I voted, I saw a choice, made it and it was NOT a vote for Barnes!

Sharia lawyer

October 31st, 2010
1:13 pm

LMS
And your example of the DOJ shutting down a local polling place is where?

catlady

October 31st, 2010
1:13 pm

I predict now that hundreds will show up Tuesday in partisan (of some sort) clothing just to test the poll workers. I also predict most of them will be TPs, RTLs, and NRA types.

Will the Repubs keep pushing it until we all have to wear white shirts and black pants? You know how they feel about their rights (see the erosion of rights under Bush in the garb of “antiterrorism.”)(I have a right to wear my gun anywhere I want. You don’t have the right to a legal abortion, or to sleep with whomever you please!)

Last Man Standing

October 31st, 2010
1:20 pm

Bama Bob:

Pay no attention to gm. He is a racist, bigot who appears here to vent his hatred. It must be like therapy for him.

Last Man Standing

October 31st, 2010
1:23 pm

Sharia lawyer:

If you didn’t understand the significance of my statement, I’m sorry. I haven’t the time to go back and forth. I suspect that you understood and are only wanting the argument.

John

October 31st, 2010
1:24 pm

Kemp and Johnny were 2 GOP I voted for, this is the reason why, smart move Kemp.

John

October 31st, 2010
1:36 pm

“A poll published Sunday by the AJC and the Georgia Newspapers Partnership shows Monds drawing a crucial 6 percent of the vote.The survey shows Deal at 47 percent and Democrat Roy Barnes at 40 percent.”

The margin of error for this poll is 4 points, the actual poll result is Barnes 44, Deal 43. BTW, Sam Olens is on TV right now, he sounds like a South Carolina queen, Hodges sounds like a real Georgian.

John

October 31st, 2010
1:37 pm

I meant SC queen as in Lindsey Graham.

gm

October 31st, 2010
1:41 pm

Last Man Standing: I know you can not explain voting against other people rights to vote”
Bamba Bob: with all due respect anytime you support someone that votes against the voting rights act, and saying you are gong to take back your country from the other millions American who voted for this President is a Un American statements.
Are you going to take it back and give it to the Indians?

The mehlman rings twice

October 31st, 2010
1:48 pm

What’s interesting about this election cycle is how the Tea Party did not field a candidate to oppose Johnny Isakbush who voted for the prescription drug benefit bill (added $1 trill to deficit). Oh well, I guess they are saving their ammo for Sen. Taxme Shameless (R-Lax Border).

dagnabit

October 31st, 2010
1:48 pm

LMS. I hope “Crooked” Deal does get elected. I get to make fun of Georgia voters after he steals his way into prison. What’s that you say? Deal’s to smart to lose his home in foreclosure proceedings.

John

October 31st, 2010
2:06 pm

Don’t forget TARP. The Tea Party stayed out because they realize Georgia had Sam Nunn and Max Cleland here not too long ago. Also, 1 Dummint is enough.

Elizabeth212

October 31st, 2010
2:09 pm

I voted early, and I did not vote a straight party ticket. I try to research the candidates and decide who is most honest, ethical, and intelligent – without those qualities, the citizens lose no matter the party of the candidate!

I voted for Roy Barnes and Carol Porter. Far too many ethical clouds around Deal and Cagle, and Deal needs to get his finances in order ON HIS OWN, not with the “influence” of the governor’s office.

gm

October 31st, 2010
2:25 pm

Last Man Standing: Last Man I love how you and your nathan deal bigots are looking past the African America vote and latino votes, early voting polling shows that it has increase like 2008, I can not wait to see that crook who hates women, blacks and anyone that does not look like him.
I wonder if you would have backed him if he had voted against the voters rights act against white people?

Ths is why there is two Amercians””’

Dave

October 31st, 2010
2:38 pm

@elizabeth212 …

I did the same thing for exactly the same reason …

Larry Craig

October 31st, 2010
2:50 pm

Dear Ralph and last man standing, I agree with everything you say. We republicans need to stick close together. I will always offer to “reach around” to lend a helping hand to my fellow republicans. It was a tragedy when Glenn Richardson left, I certainly hope Cagel and Deal can
carry on his torch of propriety and good Christian living. Tap Tap Tap

The mehlman rings twice

October 31st, 2010
2:53 pm

Easy test:
1. When you were elected to office did you make political mistakes? Or -
2. When you were elected to office did you come home under threat of indictment?

DannyX

October 31st, 2010
3:01 pm

Talk about uncomfortable.

I was at a Nathan Deal rally/Halloween party last night I would say easily 80% of the men at the party were dressed as Sarah Palin. I was amazed at how truly great just about each of these impersonators were. When you talked to them one-on-one you could see how natural their movements became. This was a room full of male Republican state legislators I had to keep reminding myself.

Almost all of them did the lame “I can see socialist DeKalb County from my county” routine.

Tina Fey would be proud.

Jeremy

October 31st, 2010
3:05 pm

Saw this article in the AJC. I wonder if AJC t-shirts and logo’s are banned since the paper consistently endorses democratic parties. Does that make them a partisan organization?

Buddy

October 31st, 2010
3:10 pm

Deal has convinced me that Barnes is no good, Barnes has convinced me that Deal is no good. Monds is getting my vote!

Joey M

October 31st, 2010
3:12 pm

I have read many of the posts on this thread and I have come up with a few observations. I have noticed that the posts in favor of Barnes are filled with fragmented sentences and spelling errors. Makes total sense because you have to be an idiot to vote for RoyBama.

Another observation I have seen is there is a lot of crying and whining over the Black and Latino vote not being cared for. Question, why do Caucasians, Native Americans, American Samoans, and Asians have to alter the way they vote because Blacks and Latinos say so, yet Blacks and Latinos don’t alter the way they vote to coincide with Caucasian, Native Americans, American Samoans and Asian voters? I am including all of these races because apparently the only vote that should matter is the Black and Latino vote.

Expanding on that point, I want to make sure I get this straight. As Americans, we should care more what someone that identifies themselves with another country thinks and believes? When I see African American, I think they put Africa ahead of America. When I see Latin American, I see someone that puts Latin countries ahead of America. Gotta tell you this, I put America ahead of every other country, nation, and province.

I will be voting in the next election. I believe we need a complete overhaul of the mess we have in Washington. We have elected people not because they are more qualified, but because voting for them made us feel better about ourselves. If you voted this way, I hope you feel really good about yourself. Your feelings have been incredibly expensive.

The pending election is a wonderful way for us to right the wrongs committed in the last election. We will be taking our country back from the lazy, incompetent trash that has it now. Rewarding people for being lazy by awarding welfare and food stamps. You go on welfare for a month or two, you have hit rough times. You are on welfare for years and years, you are a miserable piece of trash that has sponged off the tax payers for way too long. You are the worst of the worst this country has to offer. Your supporters must go. Starting with RoyBama.

middler and so tired of all the rhetoric :

October 31st, 2010
3:16 pm

it just doesn’t matter. for some reason, not their achievements while in control or the wonderful for the US actions of their last president, many of my fellow citizens are hellbent on voting GOP again and again again…no matter how much of a dishonest candidate they front or the fact that Nathan Deal will be inaugurated needing millions to avoid his bankruptcy and maintain his standard of living. We know it! and We know where the funds are going to come from. But it just doesn’t matter. It doesn’t matter that the GOP says they want small government that leaves us alone but then taxes us to death, decides if we women can have control over our own bodies, how we can die. It doesn’t matter that no GOP administration in my lifetime (61 years) has done anything for the majority of us. Our wealthy, connected citizens yes but now most of us. But you are going to vote for Deal. You hate Barnes over a flag or because he didn’t cater to a special interest group of teachers or businessmen? You hate Obama because he wanted to do something to really fix the economy and help the poorer or more disadvantaged among us? And because he’s “black”, of course even though is biracial. Perdue and Richardson and the whole Republican state house have helped the State how? Have done what for us? And you want to continue this situation? We really are a state of ignorant hicks who can’t see beyond color or lying ads and would recognize or accept the truth if it really was a snake that jumped up and bit us. Shame on us!

Alabama Communist

October 31st, 2010
3:19 pm

More Breaking News On Tea Party Ban!………

Ronald McDonald a Tea Party Candiate was banned from his polling precint in the early voting process when he show up wearing a Clown Suit promoting McDonald’s latest hot product [ Hot Tea mixed with Coke],,,,,,,,A Drug Task Force Spokensperson said they arrested McDonald while he was staggering out of the Precint shouting power to the people and President Obama was a communist tool of Burger King……….