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10 months in prison? A good start!

One of the key figures in the 2002 election day phone-jamming scheme has found out his fate. Former National Republican Committee official James Tobin, helped state Republican officials find a telemarketer who was willing -- for a fee -- to make repeated calls to the Democrats' get-out-the-vote phone bank, preventing them from calling out to registered Democrats to remind them to vote, and would-be voters calling in to get a ride to the polls. In the end, Congressman John E. Sununu (R) defeated Governor Jeanne Shaheen (D) by a very narrow margin.

Tobin is the third official to be sentenced in the scam, and a fourth is awaiting trial.

I am deeply ashamed that this happened in New Hampshire, and it's only small consolation that Tobin is actually from Maine, another is from Maryland, and the telemarketing company from Idaho. It still happened here, in OUR Senate race, and we are the ones who should bear the stigma.

But I am still wondering why the hell the Republican National Committee has spent (at last count) about two and a half million dollars defending the scumbags who pulled this off. "Follow the money" has always been good advice when investigating political corruption, and while that $2,500,000 (most likely more now, since that figure dates from February) is "chump change" in politics, it's still a hell of a lot of money.

In 2002, I voted for Sununu, but I was nominally a Democrat and as such was a potential victim of this crime. More to the point, I don't like anyone screwing around with our electoral process in such a flagrantly illegal manner. I thought the assholes who slashed the tires on Republican-leased vehicles on 2004's election day in Milwaukee were miserable scum who ought to be locked up and the keys thrown away, and I think the scum behind the phone-jamming deserve the same treatment.

And I really, really want to know what vital interest the RNC is defending when they spend all that money to keep them out of jail.

(Previous roundup, with links to prior coverage here)


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Comments (10)

Did the RNC believe there w... (Below threshold)
Bostonian:

Did the RNC believe there was a chance these guys were innocent?

I'm just askin'.

I don't know why they are d... (Below threshold)
jdavenport:

I don't know why they are defending them, jay.

Sununu seems solid to me, at least in his voting record. Greg is a problem.

And I really, really wan... (Below threshold)
Lee:

And I really, really want to know what vital interest the RNC is defending when they spend all that money to keep them out of jail

The politically smart thing would have been for the RNC to denounce these guys are rogues and let them swing in the wind -- and you do have to wonder why the RNC didn't choose that route.

Either the guys are innocent, or they are orotecting someone further up the food chain. The latter is my guess, since there was apparently enough evidence to convict Tobin.

Hmmmm.Frankly when... (Below threshold)
ed:

Hmmmm.

Frankly when I first heard about this I laughed.

I thought it was some kind of a joke.

my understanding is that th... (Below threshold)

my understanding is that these guys did what they did thinking it was a 'legal' dirty trick, stopped as soon as they were informed it was potentially illegal and the RNC decided to pick up the legal tab because these guys had inadvertently broken the law.

It is a joke Ed! and its a ... (Below threshold)
virgo:

It is a joke Ed! and its a funny one too!haha

"but I was nominally a Demo... (Below threshold)
jp2:

"but I was nominally a Democrat"

lol

"The Great Conservative Walkback" continues.

Sorry Jay Tea, but anyone who votes for Bush AND Lieberman is obviously not a Democrat.

jp2, I don't know why I'm t... (Below threshold)
Jay Tea:

jp2, I don't know why I'm taking you seriously, but I was a registered Democrat for four years. It was accidental, and I certainly did not consider myself a Democrat, but in February or so of 2000 I declared myself a Democrat to vote in that primary, then forgot to unenroll at the polls. It wasn't until December of 2004 that I finally worked up the energy to go down to City Hall and re-register as an independent.

"Walk-back?" Where the FUCK did that phrase come from? When did I ever declare myself a Republican? I haven't been a Republican this CENTURY, and even then never for more than a few minutes, as long as it took me to vote in a primary and then re-register as an independent.

Get a clue, you frigging moron. If you like, I'll even take up a collection to buy you one.

J.

Hmmmm."Wa... (Below threshold)
ed:

Hmmmm.

"Walk-back"

It's some new idiot nonsense liberals are pushing now on a number of blogs.

The idea is that conservatives are backtracking from established positions. Such concrete positions as supporting Bush regardless of any laws broken or civil rights trampled.

You know. Bullshit.

It's come up over illegal immigration where conservatives break with Bush. Apparently it doesn't matter that conservatives have opposed illegal immigration for decades now. All it requires is dissatisfaction with Bush and it's a "conservative walk-back".

Or some such nonsense.

Is it a case of "My Party... (Below threshold)
B's Freak:

Is it a case of "My Party, Right or Wrong"? Seems to be a lot of that in Washington.




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