A key player on President Donald Trump’s election integrity commission criticized the idea of Democrats and “mainstream Republicans” being included on the commission, saying their presence could “guarantee its failure,” according to a February email released this week.
Gizmodo reported late Tuesday that commission member Hans von Spakovsky of the conservative think tank The Heritage Foundation was the author of the email.
The Heritage Foundation confirmed separately to The Star that von Spakovsky was the author.
A spokeswoman for Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, who helps lead the commission, did not respond to requests for comment Wednesday.
In the redacted email, dated Feb. 22, von Spakovsky wrote “there isn’t a single Democratic official that will do anything other than obstruct any investigation of voter fraud and issue constant public announcements criticizing the commission and what it is doing, making claims that it is engaged in voter suppression.”
“If they are picking mainstream Republican officials and/or academics to man this commission it will be an abject failure because there aren’t any that know anything about this or who have paid any attention to this issue over the years,” the email says.
The panel does include several Democrats, including the secretaries of state of New Hampshire and Maine.