[Research for this story provided by Muriel Kane.]
Update: Matt at InterstateQ, one of my favorite sites, has the latest on McHenry’s nighttime buddy.
CBS News reported today that Michael Aaron Lay, an aide to (the unmarried) Rep. Patrick McHenry (R-NC), was arrested on voter fraud charges.
There is more to the story than you’re reading in the CBS news item. LOTS MORE.
The indictment charges that Michael Aaron Lay, 26, illegally cast his ballot in two 2004 Congressional primary run-offs in which McHenry was a candidate. The charges indicate that Lay voted in a district where it was not legal for him to vote.
At the time Lay was listed as a resident in a home owned by 32-year-old McHenry but campaign records indicate Lay’s paychecks were sent to an address in Tennessee. McHenry won the primary by only 86 votes. According to Gaston County, North Carolina District Attorney Locke Bell, Lay was indicted on Monday, May 7 by a local grand jury.
Before I get into the other angles…Here’s a copy of the voter registration information on Michael Aaron Lay:
That is where the CBS Story ends… But, look, there’s more!
Here is the registration for ANOTHER person on McHenry’s staff, Jason Jent Deans, who registered in the district and was paid at another address. And get this, he registered to vote on June 11, 2004, just before the same primaries that the now-indicted Mr. Lay voted in.
And in that tightly fought primary in ’04, Hamilton voted by absentee ballot:
Get this! On June 23, 2004 Neil Everett Capano also registered at 1100 Requa Road, McHenry’s pad:
I mean, enough already!
The funny thing about McHenry is this: I’ve received tons of tips from across the state, including one from an elected official who told me, “I can tell you Patrick McHenry is gay. I’ve known him long enough to know.”
Now, I’m not saying he is gay, but he does seem to like engaging with Barney Frank. If you have not seen the video of their exchange, it’s priceless.
And on Thursday, McHenry refers to Congresswoman Ellen Taucher as a man. It seems clear to me that Patrick has some serious gender identity issues.
In typical form, is it any wonder that Patrick McHenry was the Republican attack dog against the Democrats on Foleygate? What is really funny here, is how he tries to call Foley an “obscure congressman from Florida.” Check this video out: