Defense witness saw NY operative doing poll work

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Posted: Oct 17, 2011 3:49 PM
Defense witness saw NY operative doing poll work

A former colleague of a campaign operative accused of cheating New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg out of more than $1 million says the defendant supervised at least 75 poll-watchers.

The defense witness says John Haggerty was among a handful of people who spent a tense evening with the mayor as results in the close 2009 race came in.

Karen Persichilli Keough testified Monday.

She says she arrived at Bloomberg's headquarters at 5 a.m. on Election Day to volunteer as a poll-watcher. She says she saw Haggerty giving guidance to the volunteers, who were assigned polling sites and were given two-way radios and cars with drivers.

Haggerty denies allegations he mounted only a meager operation so he could use the money to buy a house.

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