Alleged Schweitzer Election Tampering

According to this report, Gov. Schweitzer may face a criminal investigation for comments he made regarding his involvement in the 2006 race for the Senate in Montana.

The comments, which surfaced this week as an audio recording on the Internet, centered on the race between Democrat Jon Tester and Republican incumbent Conrad Burns. Tester’s narrow victory helped Democrats gain control of the Senate.

Schweitzer told the crowd that he called the Butte-Silver Bow County election office and told the clerk, whom he called “nervous as a pregnant nun,” that she should not release the results until he called.

“And I said, `I want you to listen, I want you to listen close: I’ll call you when you’re done counting. Now do you understand it?'” Schweitzer told the crowd, according to the recording. “And she’s from Butte, she understood exactly.”

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