Ashcroft Protest Denounces Reno, Too

By Mark Mead | July 7, 2008 | 8:27pm EDT

( - A Florida Democratic candidate for governor in Miami Tuesday protested current Attorney General John Ashcroft and accused former Attorney General Janet Reno for not starting an investigation into what he has called the "stolen" presidential election of 2000.

Robert Kunst, longtime liberal activist, director of a group called Oral Majority, and current gubernatorial candidate for the Democratic Party nomination, is demanding a federal investigation of the 2000 Florida presidential recount by Ashcroft and the Department of Justice.

"What we want is a full, complete investigation of the election fraud here in Florida," Kunst told

"Ashcroft's job is to investigate what is a very serious crisis here," said Kunst. "Bush didn't win; he's illegitimate, we have an illegitimate government, and high treason has gone on from the Supreme Court to what happened here in Florida."

Ashcroft was speaking to a group of Cuban-American leaders at a restaurant in Miami Tuesday, discussing the possible indictment of Fidel Castro for the Brothers to the Rescue shoot down in 1996. Approximately thirty protesters joined Kunst across the street from the restaurant where Ashcroft was speaking.

"What needs to be addressed here is putting the pressure on Ashcroft," Kunst said.

He cites the 20 out of 67 counties that "have yet to do a mandatory machine recount," which, he says, translates into 1,800,000 uncounted votes. In addition, he claims that 2,000 illegal aliens were allowed to vote, but 4,000 people who were wrongly dismissed as felons were not.

"A half a million dollars from Jeb Bush that went into manipulating the absentee ballots," Kunst claimed, "and while we were familiar with Seminole and Martin County, where Republicans touched the ballots, even took them out of the office, all of that is totally illegal against state law. And now we are discovering this also took place out of Gainesville and throughout the entire northeast of Florida."

Kunst, a homosexual, protested Ashcroft in Miami for "catering to the Cuban right wing," but he considers the possibility of Ashcroft looking into the alleged election fraud not so implausible.

"Ashcroft is not necessarily our enemy," he said. "We support Ashcroft for voting to lift the embargo on Cuba, and he has already been investigating certain questions of election fraud in the state regarding Hispanics. That's already in motion. So we feel that we aren't too far from developing this relationship with him."

Kunst's Oral Majority was established to organize those who call the 2000 presidential election fraudulent. They led 16 protests that urged Elian Gonzalez to be sent back to Cuba.

"Our role in the whole thing, as Oral Majority," Kunst said, "is to keep the pressure on, not give Bush any legitimacy, and demand this federal investigation, and we need to get all of these ballots locked up by the FBI, by the Justice Department."

Former Attorney General Janet Reno was also included in the charges. Reno recently revealed her intentions to seek the Democratic nomination for governor of Florida, and now Kunst is placing the blame on her for declining to look into the alleged "stolen election."

"The only reason I have even considered this run for governor is to open up this whole can of worms on the election being stolen, which nobody wants to touch," he said. "Janet Reno has participated in the cover-up of this election fraud, and I've confronted her personally on this already, but she refuses to touch it. Now she wants to run for governor.""My whole campaign is, 'Bob Kunst will investigate what Bush stole and Reno covered up,'" he added.

Meanwhile, Kunst's critical view of Reno carries over toward the party for which he is seeking the gubernatorial nomination.

"My argument is that the Democrats covered up what the Republicans stole," he said. "Here in the state of Florida you have Bob Butterworth, the attorney general, who was Gore's campaign manager, and Butterworth refuses to deal with 2,600 voter fraud complaints he has. He's sitting on it.

"I'm holding the Democrats to the fire on why they kept their mouths shut," he said.

But the state Democratic Party dismisses Kunst's assertions of a purposefully close-mouthed party as "unbelievable."

"That's way off base," said Tony Welch, communications director of the Florida Democratic Party. "The Democrats have been the force behind the changes that the legislature made this past legislative session to the elections in Florida."

Welch pointed to the party's candid criticism of the election results. When President Bush promoted his tax cut plan in the sunshine state in early March, Florida Democratic Party Chairman Bob Poe greeted the president with outspoken criticism in a Tallahassee press conference.

"It's ironic that President Bush arrived in Florida today just in time to realize that Al Gore actually won the state," Poe said. "Every time he comes here we're going to remind voters what the Bush brothers did. I hope he comes often."

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