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GOP robocall tries to link Democrat to ‘hardcore pornography’

By David Edwards
Thursday, October 28, 2010 10:59 EDT
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There’s less than a week to go until election day — and the number of negative attacks may be reaching a peak.

One particularly nasty negative attack in Missouri uses a robocall to tie a Democratic state representative to the “hardcore porn industry, including gay pornography.”

Robocalls are an inexpensive way to contact voters by phone with a prerecorded message.

“This is an urgent alert for all Christian families,” the call begins.

“Before you vote you should know that state representative candidate Courtney Cole has taken hundreds in campaign donations from a representative of the hardcore pornography industry, including gay pornography. By allowing her Democratic campaign to be funded by those who are involved with and support hardcore pornography, Courtney Cole clearly does not share our Christian family values. On Election Day stand up for what’s right and decent by voting no on Courtney Cole. Paid for by House Republican Campaign Committee, Inc,” the call concludes.

Huffington Post‘s Sam Stein notes that “House Republican Campaign Committee,” the group claiming responsibility for the call, is most likely an arm of the Missouri Republican Party.

This isn’t the first dirty robocall of the election. In another call, a conservative group in Michigan used the word “homosexual” ten times to attack Democrat Toni Sessoms.

But Democrats also use the tactic to their advantage. A Republican voter in Maryland says he stopped picking up the phone during the evening because he gets as many as 20 robocalls a week from Democratic candidates.

“I think it’s absolutely bizarre that politicians would spend money that way,” 20-year-old Max Rash told Smartgrid.

The following robocall was uploaded YouTube Oct 27, 2010.

David Edwards
David Edwards
David Edwards has served as an editor at Raw Story since 2006. His work can also be found at Crooks & Liars, and he's also been published at The BRAD BLOG. He came to Raw Story after working as a network manager for the state of North Carolina and as as engineer developing enterprise resource planning software. Follow him on Twitter at @DavidEdwards.
 
 
 
 
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