The young woman seen outside a Colorado Springs Safeway in a video going viral (see it below) is up-front with the person capturing footage of her: She's interested in registering voters who'll mark their ballot for Mitt Romney. Problem is, she subsequently claims to be in the employ of the county clerk's office. That would be a jumbo violation of campaign rules if true -- which it's not.
The exchange in the clip, posted by a Youtube user who goes by the name golddiggermom, goes something like this:
"I am polling people," says the young woman. "Would you vote for Romney or Obama?"
"I thought you were registering voters a minute ago," responds the person recording the clip.
"I am, I am," the young woman insists.
"And who are you registering for?" the videographer asks. "All parties?"
"I'm actually trying to register voters for a particular party," the young woman says. "We're out here in support of Romney, actually."
"And who's paying you for this?" asks the camera-person.
"Let's see." The young woman struggles for a moment before replying, "We're working for the county clerk's office."
At this point, her inquisitor goes into full scolding mode, telling the young woman she can't only register voters of one party, and again asking if she works for the county clerk -- questions that prompt the young woman to raise her hand and block the camera.
It's certainly a grabby piece of footage -- but it's not an indication of corruption on the part of El Paso County, where Colorado Springs is located. A county spokesperson confirms to 9News that the young woman isn't an employee, as if that's necessary. Anyone who sees the footage can guess she's actually a Romney campaign volunteer who got flustered and misidentified herself.
Not that this excuses her assorted gaffes. As the person who posted the video correctly states, volunteers for assorted campaigns can't refuse to register someone interested in voting against their guy...and just because such actions likely occur on both sides doesn't excuse them.
At the same time, though, a Romney campers' dismissal of the video via a claim to 9News that the person who shot it is a well-known pro-Obama activist is equally specious. Golddiggermom's video archive contains only one other clip, and it's entirely apolitical -- it's called "Sleepy Sledding." But even if she specialized in liberal propaganda, she's right to have questioned the claims of this clearly befuddled young Mitt proponent.
Here's the video, followed by the 9News report.
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