RNC official convicted for Election Day phone-jamming plot
by Caleb Reading
CONCORD, N.H. –A former Republican National Committee official convicted in an Election Day phone-jamming plot against New Hampshire Democrats faces up to seven years in prison at his scheduled sentencing Wednesday.
James Tobin of Bangor, Maine, was found guilty in December on two telephone harassment charges. He also faces up to a $500,000 fine. His lawyers have asked for a new trial, and on Monday, they filed a motion objecting to a sentencing document filed by prosecutors.
Tobin, 45, stepped down as New England chairman of President Bush’s re-election campaign in 2004 when Democrats accused him of playing a role in the jamming on Election Day 2002. That’s when Republican John Sununu won a hotly contested U.S. Senate race against then-Gov. Jeanne Shaheen.
The scheme jammed get-out-the-vote phone lines set up by the state Democratic Party and the Manchester firefighters’ union for about an hour with more than 800 hang-up calls.