Thursday, August 11, 2005

"We will not tolerate fraud"

So says Ken Mehlman of the RNC, but that apparently does not extend to paying almost 3/4 of a million dollars for defense costs for a former Republican official accused of just that. As the Washington Post outlines, the party is paying the defense (or part of the defense) of James Tobin, who is accused of tying up Democratic phone lines in New Hampshire on Election Day in 2002. Tobin was the New England regional director of the RNC, then moved to President Bush's 2004 re-election campaign, where he was forced to resign after the allegations came to light (or at least got publicized.)

Frankly this is much like the Karl Rove situation. Make a principled statement, but throw it aside if it get inconvenient. Personally, I think that the RNC is paying his bills because he could probably implicate a number of other people.

(Josh Marshall has been all over this for a while.)