Dem Campaign Intern Engaged in Possible Voter Intimidation

Intern: 'im about to see how alllllll you fuckers vote'

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October 29, 2020

A woman working with the campaign of a Pennsylvania Democrat engaged in voter intimidation in Pennsylvania, Republican congressional candidate Sean Parnell's campaign has alleged.

Emily Resko, an intern for Parnell's opponent Rep. Conor Lamb (D., Pa.), posted pictures of voter rolls on Snapchat with the caption "im about to see how alllllll you fuckers vote," according to images obtained by the Washington Free Beacon.

After tens of thousands of voters received the wrong ballots, Parnell asked courts to mandate poll watchers at satellite voting locations in the district. "Resko said the Lamb campaign picked her to assist the campaign’s lawyers in opposing Parnell's request, writing on Snapchat: "[S]o how about because of my internship, me and this other boy were picked tonight to LITERALLY BE ASSISTANTS UNDER THE LAWYER ON THIS POTENTIAL CASE. I'M SO FUCKING EXCITED fuck parnell and his voter suppression." That message contained screenshots of tweets from Lamb and Democratic lawyer Marc Elias announcing their intent to intervene in the case. "[I] literally get to gather data for this case this is amazing im excited ok bye sorry."

Elias, a partner at Perkins Coie law firm's Washington, D.C., office, is considered Democrats' go-to lawyer. He is actively involved in a number of election-related lawsuits across the country. Lamb is locked in a tight race with Parnell in Pennsylvania's 17th Congressional district, which includes Pittsburgh suburbs. The race is considered one of the most competitive in the country.

After publication, Perkins Coie sent a statement, "Neither Marc Elias nor anyone else at Perkins Coie has ever had anything to do with this individual, she did not work for or with Marc Elias or anyone else at Perkins Coie, and we certainly never tasked her to assist in any work we were doing."
Resko also said she had access to voter files, which "give me full access to the voting history of ALL residents in the 17th congressional district." Later, she sent a message containing a partial spreadsheet in which she wrote that she was "about to see how alllllll you fuckers vote."
"I recently received from a constituent in PA-17 credible evidence of voter intimidation," Parnell wrote on Twitter Wednesday. "I consulted with law enforcement and determined that the best course of action was to turn the evidence over to the United States Attorney's Office for the Western District of Pennsylvania."

The U.S. attorney's office did not respond to inquiries by press time. Resko and the Lamb campaign did not respond to requests for comment.

EDITOR'S NOTE, Oct. 30: The article was updated for clarity and corrects a headline that described Resko as Marc Elias’s assistant. She is not. We regret the error. It has also been updated with comment from Perkins Coie received after publication.