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Disclaimer: The author of this site maintained the campaign weblog of John Kline's opponent in the 2006 election, which made Congressman Kline a bit testy.

As with all blogs, review the facts carefully and draw your own conclusions.

Monday, November 06, 2006

GOP Lies to Voters, Knowing They'll Lose a Fair Fight

[Disclaimer: This post was first published on Coleen Rowley's campaign weblog.]

The National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC), the group of congressional Republicans in charge of winning Republican seats in Congress, is furiously lying to undecided and likely Democratic voters in the hopes of keeping them at home tomorrow. In New Hampshire:

For the second straight day yesterday, Democratic field offices received dozens of phone calls and e-mails from frustrated voters upset about repeated automated phone calls they thought were coming from Democratic candidate Paul Hodes - though the calls were paid for by a Republican group instead.

The National Republican Congressional Committee spent nearly $20,000 on the calls last week. Depending on the rate, that could mean more than 300,000 automated phone calls into the Second Congressional District.

Incumbent Republican Congressman Charlie Bass denounced the calls yesterday and said he tried to get the NRCC to put a stop to them. But a spokesman for the NRCC said the automated phone calls would continue indefinitely.

But it's not limited to New Hampshire. It's an orchestrated effort across the country. At least 20 congressional races are being targeted, that we know of.

So far, it seemsthe NRCC has not targeted MN-02 with RoboCalls. However, it's clear that some Republican operatives are lying to voters in this race. From an email which Rowley for Congress just sent out:

Older voters are being misled by phone calls telling them they can only vote for Coleen at limited polling sites during limited hours!

Apparently the calls are being made on cell phones with East Coast prefixes. Rowley for Congress asks that, if you receive such a call:

Ask who is calling and ask for a number they can be called back at. Ask who they are calling on behalf of. Ask who they are being paid by, or if they say they are not being paid, who asked them to make the call. Make a note of those responses and call our Campaign Headquarters at (xxx) xxx-xxxx.

To be absolutely fair, this is probably part of an orchestrated attack by the NRCC, one that John Kline has no involvement in. However, given the way he's conducted his campaign, there's every reason to believe he applauds this kind of trick.

Obviously Rowley for Congress believes Coleen is right on the issues. But no matter what your position is on the issues of the day, every American should stand united in support for Democracy. But the national Republican Party has mounted a massive disinformation campaign in an effort to keep people from going to the polls and exercising this most fundamental American right.

Tomorrow, you have a chance to show the leaders of the Republican Party that this is unacceptable. Make John Kline and all other Republican candidates pay for what the national Republican Party has become. And do what you can to make sure your friends, neighbors and family know, too. And not just in MN-02, because this is a national problem --- everyone needs to go and vote the rascals out, everywhere.

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