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Monday, November 06, 2006

another local paper covers GOP Robo Calls

GOP robo calls are emerging as the story of the last two days of the election cycle.

Here, the Times Herald Record in New York's 19th Congressional District writes:

Republicans say they are not behind a barrage of calls to voters over the weekend that Democrats say are part of a campaign of "dirty tricks" to steal tomorrow's election in the 19th Congressional District.

The automated calls attacking Democratic congressional candidate John Hall started sometime Saturday and rolled through Sunday, interrupting football games and family dinners throughout the region.

But what might have been a minor election-season annoyance approached harassment, when the machine repeatedly called back — as many as seven times — until its entire message was heard, several recipients said.

Hall campaign spokesman Tom Staudter says the campaign received angry calls from recipients who did not listen to the entire script and, in turn, blamed Hall for the annoyance. He said the tactic could cost Hall critical votes in his against incumbent Rep. Sue Kelly, R-Katonah.

"This is the worst of dirty tricks," Staudter said.


The GOP will stoop to any dirty trick to hold onto power. The robo call story is gaining momentum. More local press stories will emerge before election day.


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