Diary

One Good ACORN Story . . .

deserves another:

A man at the center of a voter-registration scandal told The Post yesterday he was given cash and cigarettes by aggressive ACORN activists in exchange for registering an astonishing 72 times, in apparent violation of Ohio laws.

“Sometimes, they come up and bribe me with a cigarette, or they’ll give me a dollar to sign up,” said Freddie Johnson, 19, who filled out 72 separate voter-registration cards over an 18-month period at the behest of the left-leaning Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now.

“The ACORN people are everywhere, looking to sign people up. I tell them I am already registered. The girl said, ‘You are?’ I say, ‘Yup,’ and then they say, ‘Can you just sign up again?’ ” he said.

I call shenanigans and I want an investigation. Pronto. We have a Congress that supposedly loves engaging in oversight and delights in holding hearings on all sorts of issues. Why doesn’t it do so here?

And no, the answer “because the party controlling Congress is the one most likely to benefit from ACORN’s fraudulent activities” doesn’t cut it. Voter fraud–you know, the stuff so many people on the other side of the partisan divide say does not exist–should not get a pass on the basis of so weak an excuse. If the current leadership in Congress can’t carry out its oversight responsibilities, maybe we ought to get a new leadership that can. Not to mention a President that won’t tolerate this nonsense.