Fleming also voted in both Republican and Democratic primaries in the same year
By B.K. Carter
After learning last week that Republican candidate Bruce Fleming, who is running for Pct. 1 County Commissioner, had voted in the general election in both his home state of Pennsylvania and in Texas for the past three elections (2006, 2008, and 2010), this reporter has verified that Fleming voted in BOTH the Republican and Democratic Primaries in 2008 in Fort Bend County!
At first glance we thought it was a misprint but have since verified with the Fort Bend County Elections Office that in 2008 Fleming first voted in the Democratic primary, but later, in that same election cycle, voted in the Republican primary run-off.
Fleming was first recruited to be a precinct chair by then FB County Republican Party Chairman Rick Miller. The Republican party didn’t have a committee in place to check the people who wanted to be precinct chairs, so Miller simply appointed him. Before a year had passed, Miller created a made-up honor that had never been bestowed before, naming Fleming “Precinct Chair of the Year.” Miller, next, reportedly recruited Fleming to run for the Pct. 1 County Commissioner seat which pays approximately $100,000 per year plus expenses, insurance, and retirement.
Miller himself soon vacated his Chairman position to become a candidate for State Representative, in an effort to replace the retiring Charlie Howard. Miller faces Democratic candidate, Vy Nguyen.
Fleming is challenging the popular Democratic commissioner of precinct 1, Richard Morrison. Morrison, who is an attorney, has previously challenged Tom DeLay for U.S. Representative.
Morrison was expected to win the contest against Fleming even before the scandal broke of Fleming’s multiple voting infractions.
Although the serial voting in two states is illegal and is classed as a felony with a hefty fine and prison time, the penalty for voting in both primaries is also a felony of the second degree unless the person is convicted of an attempt in which case it is a state jail felony. However, the statute of limitations is two years. Fleming voted in both primaries in 2008.
In addition, under Sec. 162.014. of the state election code entitled UNLAWFUL PARTICIPATION IN PARTY AFFAIRS, a person commits an offense if the person knowingly votes or attempts to vote in a primary election or participates or attempts to participate in a convention of a party after having voted in a primary election or participated in a convention of another party during the same voting year. An offense under this section is a Class C misdemeanor.
The Republicans have held several private meetings to decide what to do about Fleming, although many have said that Fleming has already embarrassed the party enough. See story elsewhere in this website.