(Editor’s note): Recently, allegations of voter fraud were made against Democratic State Sen. Lena Taylor by a conservative group that targets liberals. According to published reports, the group, Media Trackers, accused Sen. Taylor of being “an accessory” to possible voter fraud after some 20 individuals, including a felon on work-release, reportedly voted in the April 2011 election listing their residence as a Milwaukee group home operated by the senator’s mother on property owned by the senator. An investigation by the Milwaukee District Attorney’s office has reportedly cleared the senator and her family of any wrongdoing. Below is a statement by Sen. Taylor Monday regarding the false voter fraud allegations:
“For the past two weeks, my family and I have been defamed and accused of crimes by Media Trackers and by members of the mainstream press in Wisconsin.
“Completely untrue and unexamined allegations were publicized, broadcast, and printed without regard for the truth or discovering the truth.
“Finally today, some facts have been reported to the public, rather than wild conjecture and assumption. This kind of reporting should have been done before any veracity was ever given to the Media Trackers allegations.
“With today’s news, I demand an immediate apology to my mother, Lena J. Taylor, my family, and myself from Media Trackers and any other news source, including Journal Communications, Charlie Sykes, etc., that willingly reported outright false information, made serious allegations about our character, and did little or no research on these allegations.
“Given the amount of broadcast time and print space given to these false accusations, I would demand equal time and space to restore the harm done to my reputation and credibility and that of my mother and her organization.
These past days have forced me to begin examining all available legal options against accusers who willingly slander and libel my family without regard for facts and truth. ”