A Consequence of Pulled Strings
If, after all of the technicalities are applied, Stephen Alves returns to his seat in the Rhode Island Senate, Rhode Islanders ought to take it as a final straw:
Yesterday, the court gave some insight into its decision. According to Craig Berke, spokesman for the state judiciary, the court withheld its decision on the Alves case because of the call from the state Democratic Party for a state police investigation into the primary. There is no inquiry into the Warwick race.
“The Supreme Court cannot act on the District 9 race at this stage of review by law enforcement, a review that has become public knowledge,” Berke said.
The state police said earlier that they were inquiring into the primary, but had not launched a full investigation. On Thursday evening, troopers did speak to selected residents of Msgr. Deangelis Manor in West Warwick to ask them whether they voted in the primary, residents said.
In fewer words, at Democrat leaders’ request, the state police are knocking on doors, feeling out the situation (and, I imagine, intimidating voters), so the Supreme Court postponed its decision until after the deadline that would avoid the entire electoral system’s being disrupted. Citizens should not take this lightly, and our rulers should know that they’re playing with fire.
For clarification: My parenthetical about intimidated voters wasn’t meant to suggest any particular behavior on the part of police. I imagine, however, that having state police show up at one’s door for some form of inquiry is an intimidating experience of itself.