Meet Jason Boisvert (he’s the one in handcuffs.)
Boisvert is a “volunteer” for the gubernatorial campaign of Charles Lollar.
Essex-Middle River Patch reported last year on Boisvert’s arrest for activities at a polling place on April 3, 2012:
A man claiming to be a reporter was arrested outside after election workers and campaigners outside the polling place said he was harassing them.
Police arrested the man, whose business card identified him as Jason Boisvert, around 6:30 p.m. Tuesday after he refused to stop following various campaign workers with his video camera.
Election workers inside the school told Patch that Boisvert, who posts political videos on his YouTube site, DarkTechObserver, was warned several hours earier not to shoot video inside the polls, which is not allowed under state law. However, workers say he allegedly continued to try and shoot video inside the polling site from just outside the school.
Boisvert then returned to the school around 6 p.m. and began following voters and campaign workers around with his camera. Police were called back to the school and he was arrested.
According to court records, Boisvert went to jail on 4/4/2012 and was released on bond on 4/8. The charges filed against him included:
- § 3-203: Assault in the Second Degree
- § 10-201 (c)(2): Disorderly Conduct
- § 6-403: Wanton trespass on private property
- § 10-201 (c)(3): A person may not willfully fail to obey a reasonable and lawful order that a law enforcement officer makes to prevent a disturbance to the public peace.
- Interfering with an election official
According to online court records, all of the charges were nolle prossed except the Second Degree Assault charge, The records indicate that Boisvert pleaded not guilty to that charge and was found guilty of it on 6/13/12. He was sentenced to five years in prison, which was suspended to four years of probation. The same records indicate he was committed to jail again on 6/13/12.
On 6/14/12, Boisvert’s public defender filed a petition for habeas corpus for bail review. In a hearing on 6/19, that petition was granted and his bond was reduced to $25,000 and he was remanded to the Baltimore County Bureau of Corrections.
On 8/7/12, an appeal was filed on Boisvert’s behalf. A trial was held on 11/16/2012 and records indicate that he pleaded guilty to trespassing and was sentenced to time served.
There was another court appearance for Boisvert in 2012 that may or may not have been related to the above events. On 5/25/12, someone filed a peace order against Boisvert. In a hearing on 6/1/12 (just a couple of weeks before his trial on the other charges), the final peace order was issued against Boisvert. It was valid through 11/30/12.
Let’s tie this into the gubernatorial campaign of Charles Lollar now.
Boisvert is a “volunteer” for the Lollar campaign who just happens to have a full-time job with the company (DGA) headed up by Lollar’s campaign manager, Karen Winterling.
When Boisvert popped in to the comments to a previous post I wrote about Lollar , I had a dialogue in the comments with him. When I asked about DGA and his campaign activity (specifically including his participation in the campaign bus tour) I got a response from him that included this is:
Working for DGA does make it easier to take time out to help with the campaign, sure, but they don’t generally comp me for that.
For the week on the bus though, they were nice enough to cover that for me, mostly since I’m broke and doing the best I can with what I have. Missing a week of work puts a downer on the monies, you know? So that was very nice of them.
The rest of the comments from Boisvert generally consisted of his conspiracy theories against Mike Phillips and Brian Griffiths while quoting Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and telling me to “chillax.”
He did also make a couple of comments about his arrest and conviction.
His first comment:
‘Specially when they’re campaigning at the entrance to the polling place, not letting people in until they talked to them.
But once you’re willing to lie to the police, lying to the Patch isn’t a big deal. =\
His second comment:
Then you’ll’ve noted that the “poll workers” (who were really campaign staff for Nancy Jacobs) told different stories to different people.
Why? Well, because you can bluff the reporter who was there on the law, and you can bluff the police on what happened, but you can’t bluff both groups with the same story.
As for the rest of it, well, that’s what happens when the case is heard by a friend of Sen. Jacobs and a Public Defender who doesn’t do any work.
These conspiracy theories fit in with the rest of his comment trolling on websites in recent weeks and I’m sure he’ll be commenting here again shortly in a similar fashion.
I also have to question what exactly the campaign finance laws say about a business paying for a “volunteer” to go work on a political campaign’s bus tour. It has to be awfully convenient to have a “volunteer” working full-time at your business when you’re running someone’s campaign. Exactly how much campaign work is he really doing when being paid by DGA and is it being reported properly as as an in-kind contribution?
Additionally, if Boisvert is someone you would hire at your business and entrust with the responsibility of working on the bus tour, how does that reflect on the campaign in light of his jail time last year related to his actions at the polls on primary election day?
All of the above facts raise even more questions about the Lollar campaign (especially as they relate to campaign finance.) Stay tuned.
Quinton is a native South Carolinian who has lived in Baltimore since 2006. He is a recent convert to the Catholic Church and is active in the Knights of Columbus. He has been involved in the pro-life movement nationally and locally since 2010.
Quinton is a veteran who served as an intelligence analyst in the Army National Guard. He is also an Eagle Scout.