NJ politics & the Super Bowl & Rethuglican Scumbags

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    justbill_redux King Missile

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    Now you might ask WTF does politics have to do with the Super Bowl. Well if you live in NJ and where watching the 2002 Super Bowl there was a chance you got a phone call....

    From http://www.boston.com/news/nation/w...allen_star_blames_self_gop_tactics/?page=full

    For nearly a decade, Allen Raymond stood at the top ranks of Republican Party power.

    He served as chief of staff to a cochairman of the Republican National Committee, supervised Republican contests in mid-Atlantic states for the RNC, and was a top official in publisher Steve Forbes's presidential campaign. He went on to earn $350,000 a year running a Republican policy group as well as a GOP phone-bank business.

    But most recently, Raymond has been in prison. And for that, he blames himself, but also says he was part of a Republican political culture that emphasizes hardball tactics and polarizing voters.

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    The first sign of the questionable tactics was on Super Bowl Sunday in 2002. Raymond's firm had been hired by the campaign of James Treffinger, a New Jersey Republican. Raymond's company was asked to arrange phone calls that attacked one of Treffinger's opponents on abortion without revealing that Treffinger was paying for the calls and to make those calls during the Super Bowl. ``It was shenanigans," Raymond said. ``You put the call in at 6 p.m. on Super Bowl Sunday," which was designed to irk voters who didn't want to be called away from the television. After complaints were raised, prosecutors interviewed Raymond about the matter, but he was not charged.

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