Thursday, December 15, 2005
We'll see how much it will cost the GOP to avoid justice
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Concord — A federal jury this afternoon returned a mixed verdict against a former national Republican Party official accused of orchestrating an election day phone-jamming plot against New Hampshire Democrats.
The jury acquitted James Tobin of the most important of three charges — violating voters' rights — and convicted him on two counts of telephone harassment.
Tobin, 45, of Bangor, Maine, was President Bush’s New England campaign chairman last year.
Tobin faces a maximum seven-year prison term and $500,000 in fines when he is sentenced in March.
Tobin’s lawyer had no comment after the the verdict was delivered in U.S. District Court.
For nearly two hours on Election Day 2002, hundreds of hang-up calls overwhelmed Democratic get-out-the-vote phone banks and a ride-to-the-polls line run by Manchester’s firefighters union.
The state GOP’s former executive director, Chuck McGee, who admitted hatching the plot, has completed a seven-month sentence for conspiracy.
Allen Raymond, former president of Viginia-based GOP Marketplace LLC, pleaded guilty to organizing the jamming. He hopes a five-month sentence will be reduced in exchange for his cooperation with prosecutors.
Can we PLEASE get a judge to make an example of one of these corrupt party hacks from both sides!!!
RISE UP!!! I guess.
At this point though they are willing to spend any amount of money to keep the emerging consensus that the GOP is the party of corruption under control.
Any being corrupt as hell, the republians have PLENTY OF MONEY!