(Patriot Insider) – A Democratic political consultant was convicted of coercion for a scheme that was intended to affect the outcome of a Texas state race during the 2020 election cycle, according to Harris County officials.
The US presidential election wasn’t the only election Democrats were working hard to rig.
Democratic consultant Damien Jones, 38, of Houston, was convicted of coercion of a public servant after sending anonymous threatening text messages to then-State Rep. Gina Calanni, Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg explained in a statement.
The messages sent to Calanni were meant to get her to resign and not run for reelection in District 132. He was making threats to Calanni just days before the 2020 election filing deadline, Ogg said.
“At a time when threats against public servants are at an all-time high, it is critical to hold accountable those who would try to subvert the will of the people by coercing a state representative into dropping out of an election,” Ogg told local media outlet ABC13. “We thank the jurors for their service.”
It won’t surprise anyone to learn that Jones had previously served as regional political director for former Rep. Beto O’Rourke’s (D-TX) failed bid for the US Senate. He has also worked with the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation.
Jones was indicted in late 2020 and convicted of a Class A misdemeanor. He faces up to one year in the Harris County Jail and a fine of up to $4,000. He will also serve one year of probation.
Naturally, Jones’ lawyer, Oliver Jason Brown, has suggested that Jones’ constitutional rights were violated.
“This is a First Amendment case,” Brown stated. “People need to take caution, that based off of conviction and how the law is written, you could theoretically charge anyone who threatens to bring hatred, contempt or embarrassment on a public official. That’s how the law is written. It’s written incorrectly.”
The message to Calanni was actually “a heads up,” Brown asserted. “She was getting a heads up that was what they were going to run. She took it as a threat, and now he’s criminally convicted.”
However, prosecutor Michael Levine doesn’t see it that way. Levine told local media outlets that Jones’s messages “crossed the line into criminal conduct. By trying to coerce a politician into resigning, he illegally sought to influence an election.”
“This goes beyond just expressing your opinion. This was a threat,” prosecutor Kimberly Smith told Click2Houston. “This is a prime example of showing that no matter what your profession is, you are going to be held responsible for what you say and do.”
It’s good to know that in some parts of the country people are still being held accountable for their words and actions no matter what side of the aisle they sit on.
Threatening public officials into resigning is not democracy, something Democrats claim to be “protecting.”
Just further proof that Democrats are fully aware that they can’t win fair and free elections because they have nothing good to offer the American people. The only way for them to win is by cheating in one form or another.
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