One of the Republican Party’s top election observers and a major critic of the left’s alleged election fraud ahead of this year’s midterms is on a short list to serve as undersecretary of civil rights in the Department of Justice, Fox News has learned.
Jim Brulte is chairman of the California Republican Party and played a major role in California’s Proposition 11, which would have required voters to show a photo ID before casting a ballot.
It became one of the Republican Party’s top priorities this year after California Democrats passed a law requiring voters to show a photo ID.
Brulte reportedly questioned the validity of such a law and said he doubted it would pass muster in court.
And now, he is listed as a possible nominee for the DOJ’s civil rights program after Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich asked for Brulte’s nomination.
Brulte told Fox News in an email, “I look forward to learning more about the nomination.”
After naming Brulte, Politico reported the following from Arizona’s GOP secretary of state:
“[Brnovich] said he asked the White House earlier this year for Brulte’s nomination, to give the attorney general office a conservative voice as it looks to root out voting fraud,” according to Politico.
Brnovich joins other Republicans such as Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach on a short list of possible nominees. Kobach already served as secretary of state and has teamed up with Brnovich in a lawsuit against voter fraud.
Kobach and Brnovich are at odds over how to counter voter fraud, particularly in Arizona. Brnovich, as the State Republican Party chairman, is challenging the legality of one of Kobach’s voting ordinances in Maricopa County, home to Phoenix.
“Kobach has become an important conservative voice, but as voting rights attorney, Brnovich has seen many of Kobach’s federal lawsuits dismissed for failing to qualify under the Voting Rights Act,” State Democratic Party spokesman Matt Benson said to Fox News.
“It is appropriate for another top Republican lawyer to join Kobach on the voting rights front.”
Kobach and Brnovich were both once named in a 2009 report from Common Cause about the “excessive Republican targeting of minority voters and voted scams.”
Brulte’s email to Fox News states that a “nominations process for this position is already underway and to be completed by December 15,” ahead of the next round of confirmations.
Brulte recently told Fox News that Arizona residents may be slower than others to vote on election day this year.
“There’s nothing wrong with that,” he said. “I think that some folks are a little hesitant in the midterms to come out to vote because of the environment.”
Brulte said he believes November’s election is already underway in Arizona.
“It’s already October,” he told Fox News. “People can leave in person anytime they want to get out and vote.”