by Scott Creighton
Dr. Andrea “Andy” McGuire, chairwoman of the Iowa Democratic Party, has officially denied the Sanders campaign request for an evaluation of the Iowa caucus results as compared to the data published on the Microsoft vote tally software used to determine Hillary Clinton won the election by .2 of a percent. In most states a result this close would trigger an automatic recount just to be sure. McGuire has flat out refused to allow one leaving only Microsoft’s say-so as the official verdict in the matter.
The Sanders campaign is rechecking results on its own, going precinct by precinct, and is already finding inconsistencies, said Rania Batrice, a Sanders spokeswoman. The campaign seeks the math sheets or other paperwork that precinct chairs filled out and were supposed to return to the state party. They want to compare those documents to the results entered into a Microsoft app and sent to the party.
“Let’s compare notes. Let’s see if they match,” Batrice said Wednesday.
Dr. Andy McGuire, chairwoman of the Iowa Democratic Party, dug in her heels and said no. Des Moines Register
As others have pointed out, Dr. “Andy” McGuire has no business being in a position to make that kind of decision. Not only does her car sport a license plate that reads “HRC 2016” but she was also co-chair of Hillary’s 2008 presidential campaign in Iowa and has held fundraisers for Hillary in her own home.
Sanders is expected to win handily in New Hampshire. The polls are so lopsided right now in favor of him, they couldn’t possibly get away with stealing it via electronic voting machines without risking exposing their election rigging tool, so they’ll have to let this one go. And that means Bernie, if he had won Iowa, would be way out ahead of Clinton in the early stages of the race and that would put to bed the notion that he is “not electable”
In fact, during the caucus when Sanders was ahead, the pundits were already talking about when Hillary should get out of the race since he was expected to win New Hampshire. It’s no small thing, Hillary pulling out the ‘win’ in Iowa.
That said, should someone like Dr. McGuire be in a position to deny the Sanders campaign access to the hard copies of the voting tallies from the caucus? Obviously not. She’s effectively still on the Clinton campaign staff.
But there is something else at play here as well. She is ideologically opposed to Sanders’ Medicare For All policy and possibly even financially invested in keeping him from achieving it. That means she is definitely opposed to keeping us from having single payer healthcare because at one time she headed up a Medicaid privatization program in Iowa.
For “Andy” McGuire, Bernie Sanders’ revolution is the last thing she wants to see take shape in this country and therefore, helping Microsoft steal the Iowa caucus for her neoliberal candidate doesn’t seem like much of a stretch of the imagination.
Dr. Andrea “Andy” McGuire, president and chief operating officer for the Iowa plan, was previously chief medical officer of American Republic Insurance Co., Photo by Duane Tinkey
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