And He's Still on the GOP Payroll!
By Brad Friedman on 11/12/2005, 3:16pm PT  

From LA Times...

GOP Voting Obstruction Case Bound for Trial

A former national Republican Party official will stand trial on charges he conspired to jam Democratic get-out-the-vote phone lines on election day 2002, a federal judge said in Concord.

Judge Steven McAuliffe rejected an argument by James Tobin that the conspiracy charges should be dismissed because the government's allegations were insufficient. A trial for Tobin, who in 2002 was political director of the national committee working to get Republican senators elected, is scheduled for Dec. 6.

Josh Marshall has been doing some excellent reporting on this case as it's developed over the last year or so. This link should get you caught up.

Of note here, keep in mind that a) Tobin was working for the national Republican Party, he wasn't some loose-cannon, bad apple, lone agent, b) The phone-jamming scandal was in the '02 election, yet the RNC hired Tobin to head their '04 Northeastern Regional Campaign even after they knew he was in trouble for the '02 shenanigans and c) The RNC, as of August, had so far covered his $700k legal bills, that much before the trial had even begun.

Next time a wingnut tosses you the canard about some tires slashed in Milwaukee by a couple of kids, remind them of this guy, still on the RNC's payroll.