Thursday, September 15, 2005

The Bag of Dirty Tricks expands

MANCHESTER, N.H.—The New Hampshire Democratic Party added more defendants Wednesday to a lawsuit over the jamming of its phone lines on Election Day 2002.

Repeated hang-up calls overwhelmed the party’s get-out-the-vote phone banks and a ride-to-the-polls line for more than an hour that day. Former state GOP director Chuck McGee and

Republican consultant Allen Raymond pleaded guilty to taking part in the scheme and James Tobin, a former regional director for the Republican National Committee from Bangor, Maine, is scheduled for trial in December.

As those criminal cases proceeded in federal court, Democrats sued the state Republican Party, McGee and Raymond in Hillsborough County Superior Court seeking more information about the plan and reimbursement for its costs of setting up the phone banks.

On Wednesday, they expanded the civil lawsuit to include Tobin, former state GOP chairman John Dowd, the Republican National Committee and the National Republican Senatorial Committee.

hat tip Susie.

Sure, a few GOP martyrs may have to go to prison as part of the Systematic Campaign on local and state levels by the GOP to win the 2004 election. It's a small price to pay for four more years of the Bush Administration, and they no doubt happily martyr themselves upon the alter. They've served their purpose, and much like in the animal world, their time is over.



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