Okay, enough Alan Keyes for the moment. Let's go back to a golden oldie from yesteryear, the GOP phone-jamming stunt from 2002.
You'll remember that this was the case in which the New Hampshire Republican Party hired an outfit
called GOP Marketplace to arrange for a barrage of hang-up calls to phone banks doing get-out-the-vote work for the Dems, thus putting them out of commission for most of election day morning.
Well, in the background this case has been plugging along. And two folks -- the executive director of the state party, Chuck McGee
and Allen Raymond
, head of the now-defunct GOP Marketplace -- have pled guilty to federal charges in the case.
A lingering question coming out of the investigation though is the identity of this "official in a national political organization
" who played a role in putting the whole scam together.
Now, a little while back I got a tip about who this person was, a certain someone involved in the Bush-Cheney reelection effort. I can't tell you a lot about the person other than that he has very poor phone etiquette.
I called this person several times, told him who I was and who I was with, and that I'd like to ask him some questions about the phone-jamming case. Try as I might, though, he never returned my calls, which struck me as somewhat rude. But what could I do?
I wasn't sure where else to go with that story and I had a convention to cover and other matters that needed attending to. But now it seems the Manchester Union Leader
has comfirmed the involvement of the person in question. Saith
the Union Leader
today: "We canât tell you who it is or whether he broke any laws, but we can tell you the person questioned by the feds has a significant role in the Bush-Cheney campaign."
Perhaps some of the national outlets should start poking around on this one?