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Monday, November 2, 2009

'Republican' robocall bloopers in District 6?

Seems the Atlanta mayor's race isn't the only political contest with mysterious operatives trying to brand a candidate as a "closeted Republican."

A li'l birdie landed on our windowsill earlier today and informed us that District 6 voters have received similar calls about Tad Christian, one of the six candidates running to represent the Midtown, Morningside and Candler Park neighborhoods. (Incumbent Anne Fauver isn't seeking re-election.)

Our winged friend says they received a phone call on Friday in which a recorded female voice said — shock! — "Tad Christianson" was an elephant.

Hours later, our source received another call. The same female voice said she wanted to retract the earlier call, as it turns out the Morningside resident isn't a Republican. She added that Christian's voter registration information could be viewed at the Fulton County Board of Elections. Baffling.

Here's what's really strange about this: What kind of amateur invests the time and money into a robocall and doesn't even get the candidate's name correct? Even more odd: What kind of goofball then retracts the call? Or maybe there's a Christian supporter out there who thinks this kind of tactic could raise the candidate's profile.

Anyways, "Republican" robocalls. They're not just for mayoral campaigns.

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