Things Could Get Interesting in N.H.

Friday, July 14, 2006

Things Could Get Interesting in N.H.

From today's Washington Post:
New Hampshire Democrats hoping to uncover who knew about plans to jam their phone lines on Election Day 2002 are free to seek depositions from senior Republicans in a civil lawsuit flowing from the controversy, a state judge ruled yesterday.

The judge said the state Democratic Party could ask for White House phone records for then-White House political director Ken Mehlman, now chairman of the Republican National Committee, and seek to question former RNC chairman Ed Gillespie, former RNC political operations director Terry Nelson and others.

... The ruling is part of a civil suit filed by the state Democratic Party against the state Republican Party and other Republicans that seeks damages for the phone jamming incident, in which the GOP allegedly tied up phone lines of Democrats and a firefighters union trying to turn out the vote in 2002. Sen. John E. Sununu (R) eventually won by 19,151 votes.

Three former GOP officials were convicted after a criminal investigation. Documents released by Democrats show that former RNC official James Tobin -- one of the men convicted -- had contacted the White House more than 20 times as the phone jamming operation was carried out. Later, the RNC spent millions on Tobin's legal defense.

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