Accusations Fly During Texas Two-Step Tussle

Obama lawyer hijacks Clinton camp's 'dirty tricks' conference call
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 5, 2008 6:31 AM CST
A.J. Everson, 9, peers in a window as Democrats gather for a precinct caucus after primary voting ended Tuesday, March 4, 2008 in Houston. The second round of voting is part of Texas' quirky Democratic...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – The two-step voting process in Texas caused Democratic tempers to flare last night, the Washington Post reports. Both sides accused each other of trying to hijack the evening caucus which followed the day's primary vote. The Clinton campaign held a  conference call with reporters to level some dirty-tricks accusations at the Obama camp—only to find an Obama lawyer listening in.  

The lawyer jumped in on the call after a Clinton aide told reporters Obama backers had been using underhanded tactics like locking Clinton supporters out of caucuses and confiscating chairman manuals, Newsweek reports. A heated exchange followed, with the lawyer accusing the Clinton side of "attacking the caucus process." Officials from the Texas Democratic Party urged both sides to play fair.