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GOP desperate dirty tricks as the clock runs out

[UPDATE: Some nice Rethug tactics at early voting sites in Chapel Hill below.

UPDATE 2: N.H. makes GOP stop some automated calls.]

I guess this is Karl and Co.’s 72-hour plan, since the GOP can’t win on the issues.

Actually, there’s no need to guess because the National Republican Campaign Committee admitted that it is robo-calling voters in key states identifying themselves as a supporter of the Dem candidate. The voter is called over and over if they hang up before the message terminates, harassing them with the intent of pissing them off. Talking Points Memo has been following this latest tale of GOP corruption — and lawbreaking. From an AP article on robo-calling.

FCC rules say all prerecorded messages must “at the beginning of the message, state clearly the identity of the business, individual, or other entity that is responsible for initiating the call.” During or after the message, they must give the telephone number of the caller.

Here in North Carolina, it’s happening out in the 11th Congressional District, Dem Heath Shuler‘s campaign said voters have had the calls harass them as late as 2:30 in the morning.

At last count this is also happening in New York, Connecticut, Philly, NH and Kansas. Nancy Boyda (D-KS) is so incensed that she actually has a message up at her campaign site about the ‘bot fake calls.

Someone is flooding homes with harassing robo calls. They are making it sound like many are coming from the Boyda campaign. These calls are part of the dirty tricks funded by billion dollar lobbyists from back East.

Our campaign made only one call last week and it was a positive message. Please download this message and pass it one to your email contacts and ask everyone to vote for Nancy Boyda. Nancy will expand the privacy no call list to stop political robo calls. Ryun voted to allow these political calls and is now using them in this campaign.

Hat tip, A’blog.


Also in NC, my area’s airwaves are being flooded with incredible ads for black homobigot Vernon Robinson, who is attempting to unseat Dem. Brad Miller in the 13th District. One has him bleating about security and actually uses shots of the planes crashing into the twin towers. It’s batsh*t insane and offensive.

The other is humorous, though misleading because it asserts Brad Miller has received a 0 rating from the Family Research Council, the American Family Association and a host of other wingnut organizations — clearly a badge of honor. What Vernon is counting on is by putting that out there, he’s hoping to get the attention of people who have no idea what these outfits are about — and with “family” in their names, well certainly that means Vern is pro-family and Brad is not.


In Chapel Hill, the News and Observer reports that Dems are being handed “voter guides” as they enter for early voting with a slate of Republicans. As we all know, it’s not apparent in judicial races, unless one is paying attention, which party the candidates are affiliated with, so this tactic preys on voter ignorance. These deceptive practices are indicative that the party has serious a problem with being straight up with voters. I wonder why…

On Monday morning, when Chapel Hill lawyer Bob Epting approached the early voting center at Morehead Planetarium, he had every intention of casting his ballot and heading to the office.

…By Epting’s account: He walked to the side entrance and was approached by a female college student who asked whether he was a registered Democrat.

“Yes I am,” he said.

She replied, “Good, here’s a list of our judicial candidates.”

Epting thanked her, folded the piece of paper without looking at it and put it in his pocket. As a lawyer who is fairly active in politics (his law partner is longtime Rep. Joe Hackney), he didn’t need a list to tell him who to vote for, especially among the judges.

But after exiting the poll, he remembered the piece of paper and removed it from his pocket. Standing at the top of a dozen or so marble steps, he scanned the list in disbelief. It was a list of Republican candidates.

He contacted local media and Dan Siler of WCHL went over to the site, and the woman was still there misrepresenting herself and her “list of good candidates.” Siler asked her six questions before she would admit it was a list of Republican candidates, and she walked off rather than identify herself.

Siler, btw, recorded the exchange.

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