Steve Harsman

When hacks get elected: The Mike Foley Follies

There are only two reasons Mike Foley is the Montgomery County Clerk of Courts: Russ Joseph wasn’t the political genius he thought he was, and Mike shares the same name as Judge Patrick Foley and his son Dan Foley- who had served this community honorably for decades. Mike copied Dan’s signs- and let the ignorance Read More

The dirty little secrets of the Board of Elections

The Montgomery County Board of Elections hasn’t exactly been a mountain of piety over the years. More like the den of impropriety, where decisions are made on who gets to get on the ballot- and which politicians pick which voters and who gets a cushy government job without any kind of screening or job posting. Read More

William Pace should be on the ballot. The BOE should be investigated.

Normally, the Board of Elections (the actual board of 2 Dems and 2 Republicans) meets at 11 am on a Tuesday, in a public meeting to hear the presentation of facts from the BOE- the patronage job people in charge of elections, on which petitions are acceptable, and which aren’t. Somehow, they chose to meet Read More

Montgomery County Board of Elections director Betty Smith to step down

Sources have informed esrati.com that Director Betty Smith (R) will be stepping down at the Montgomery County Board of Elections for health reasons. Smith just recently switched positions with Steve Harsman (D) for the director. Both are paid the same and the seat rotates from D to R on a regular schedule. It will be Read More

How to start the BOE investigation

The forms in question in the latest Montgomery County Board of Elections screw-up are missing according to Steve Harsman- so the people at the Board of Elections can’t defend themselves? Really? The problem is, the form, a “post election ballot inventory” is just a worksheet county officials use to verify used and unused ballots – Read More

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