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An ex-GOP official was convicted by a jury on Thursday of telephone harassment for his role in a phone-jamming plot against New Hampshire Democrats in 2002.
    [James] Tobin, 45, of Bangor, Maine, was regional political director to the Republican National Committee and the National Republican Senatorial Committee during the 2002 election, the year of a closely watched Senate race between Democrat Jeanne Shaheen and Republican John Sununu. Sununu defeated Shaheen, 51 percent to 46 percent.

    ...For nearly two hours on Election Day 2002, hundreds of hang-up calls overwhelmed Democratic get-out-the-vote phone banks and a ride-to-the-polls line run by Manchester's firefighters union.

    The state GOP's former executive director, Chuck McGee, who admitted hatching the plot, has completed a seven-month sentence for conspiracy. After speaking with Tobin, McGee hired Allen Raymond, former president of Viginia-based GOP Marketplace LLC, to carry out the jamming. Raymond pleaded guilty to his role and hopes a five-month sentence will be reduced in exchange for his cooperation with prosecutors.
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