He sure knows how to pick ‘em.
The political operative Mayor de Blasio tapped to lead his new “Fairness PAC” was convicted of voter fraud in the first election of Barack Obama, records show.
Daniel “Tate” Hausman was hit with a $1,000 fine and sentenced to a year probation in the battleground state of Ohio, where he had traveled from Brooklyn to launch a get-out-the-vote group backing Obama in September 2008 called Vote Today Ohio.
Rather than voting in New York, Hausman and two colleagues registered and submitted absentee ballots out of their temporary Columbus address, which doubled as the group’s headquarters, records show.
While Hausman met the 30-day residency requirement for registering to vote, Ohio law also requires voters to intend to reside in the state post-election.
“Did I make a mistake? Absolutely. What I did ran afoul of the law and I took my lumps,” Hausman told The Brooklyn Paper in May 2009, a month after his sentencing.
“But I was proud as hell when I came out of that voting booth and I’m incredibly proud of the work we did.”
An online report from The Columbus Dispatch at the time shows that Franklin County Common Pleas Judge Charles Schneider accused the trio of political mobilizers of purposely voting in Ohio in an attempt to sway the election toward Obama.
“We all know the elections are driven by the Electoral College,” Schneider is quoted as saying. “And casting a vote in an unknown state instead of one where [the outcome] is all but certain … excuse me if I remain skeptical.”
Obama won Ohio by a narrow 51 to 47 percent margin; in New York, he romped 63 to 36 percent.
In his interview with the Brooklyn Paper, then 32-year-old Hausman insisted his only motivation to vote in Ohio was “because it was convenient and I thought it was legal.”
He also told the paper that “politics is a dirty business, and I was really trying to do it cleanly.”
Hausman, who most recently led an infrastructure legislation advocacy group called Millions of Jobs, didn’t respond to a request for comment.
De Blasio spokesman Eric Phillips said the mayor was aware of the conviction before hiring Hausman to direct the PAC, which will support candidates and fund political-related trips for Hizzoner and his wife, Chirlane McCray.
“A decade ago, like tens of millions of Americans, Tate cast a single ballot in the state he was living in at the time,” said Phillips.
The mayor is taking his first trip — funded in part by the Fairness PAC — on Friday to a progressive conference in New Orleans.
Taxpayers will fund the part of the trip that involves government business, officials said.
Phillips wouldn’t say whether the PAC has already raised enough money to fund such travel, given that the committee was only registered with the Federal Election Commission on July 25.
He said the costs of the 3-day journey would be provided publicly before takeoff on Friday.
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