The NY Times
notes today that National RNC Chair Ken Mehlman addressed the firefighters' union yesterday, making his pitch for the union vote.
It's a slightly different approach
than the Republicans tried in 2002 in New Hampshire, when they hired a company to jam the phone lines of the firefighters' union up there
, along with several Democratic offices, in order to sabotage
their get-out-the-vote efforts. RNC New England Regional Director James Tobin
was convicted in December for his role in that scheme and will be sentenced May 17th.
It's just a process of trial and error, you might say.