Fox News host Jesse Watters painted a damning portrait of the pervasive ballot harvesting efforts Democrats put in place across the country during this year’s elections, highlighting one party operative with a criminal past now accused of illegally harvesting hundreds of ballots for a Connecticut mayor.
On his Wednesday evening show, Watters laid on the controversy swirling around Wanda Geter, a Bridgeport municipal employee working for Mayor Joe Ganim now on paid leave following the release of video showing her stuffing hundreds of ballots into a drop box. Earlier this month a judge ruled the Democratic primary must take place again given that the vast number of tainted ballots could have swayed the election toward Ganim, who was declared the winner.
Geter, who makes $60,000 annually as an operations director for the mayor, was already involved in a separate ballot harvesting criminal matter from several years ago and had previously been given the “Ballot Harvester of the Year” award by the Connecticut Democratic Party, Watters said.
“Charges of drug possession, assault, vandalism, resisting arrest, parole violations galore,” said Watters. “Help me, Wanda!”
The Fox segment also contained video from an independent auditor of city government who tangled with Geter as she ordered him to leave the area and in the process gave him a fake name, Cheryl.
“Did you lie to me when you said your name is Cheryl? Everyone is calling you Wanda,” said the auditor.
“Yes it is, my name is Wanda. So what, who are you?” she replied.
Watters said the problem goes much deeper than a single bad apple.
“When the ballots get stuffed by the Wandas who work the desks outside the mayors’ offices, it tells you the cheating machine is entrenched,” he said.
In Springfield, Massachusetts, a Democratic city councilor challenging the incumbent Democratic mayor appeared to involve himself in a scheme paying area homeless people ten dollars apiece to go and cast votes for him. In New Jersey, a Democratic politician has been accused of destroying an untold number of absentee ballots and re-submitted replacements that he completed which would have counted as votes for himself.
Republicans largely suffered a poor series of electoral results Tuesday night, and while the blame has been laid at the feet of the Republican National Committee, Watters shows that the Democratic Party has its own share of problems to answer after winning a number of races.