Friday, March 11, 2005

When all else fails, cheat. Until you get caught, that is.


Poor Chuck McGee. As executive director of the state Republican Party, he was so desperate to have John E. Sununu win the Senate seat, that he broke the law and got busted.

McGee admitted paying $15,600 in Republican State Committee funds to GOP Marketplace of Virginia, whose former president, Raymond, hired an Idaho telemarketing firm to make computerized "hang-up" calls to the Democratic and firefighters phone banks to disrupt their get-out-the-vote efforts. Tobin allegedly put McGee in touch with Raymond.

The best part is that the GOP is supposedly the "tough on crime" party - unless of course its one of their own breaking the law. You would think this guy would accept the full consequences of his illegal actions, but instead he made his lawyer beg for him. Apparently because he's a good Christian soldier, he's should get off easy.

Yesterday, Donovan argued that McGee led a "productive, fulfilling and law-abiding life" before this "abhorrent" and "stupid" decision. He asked the judge to reject a federal probation report and federal guidelines recommending a six- to 12-month sentence. He said McGee is a former Boy Scout, U.S. Marine corporal and helicopter crew chief, a former city clerk and a member of the Knights of Columbus and the Christian Foundation for Children and the Aging.

Thankfully, U.S. District Court Judge Joseph DiClerico disagreed.

DiClerico said that despite McGee's remorse and the support of Sullivan and many others, "any scheme or plan" to disrupt the voting process "is hideous and strikes at the very heart of American democracy."

See you in seven months buddy. Hopefully, you'll have some company soon.

DiClerico said McGee deserved a 10-month sentence, but reduced it by three months because of his "background and characteristics" and because he has cooperated with federal prosecutors in the continuing investigation. The probe has so far resulted in a five-month jail sentence for former GOP marketing specialist Allen Raymond and the indictment of James Tobin, a former high-ranking national GOP operative, who is slated to stand trial in June.

Original story here


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