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Rep. Thompson Attacked In Steamy Robo Call

If you thought the McCain campaign's Bill Ayers robo call was dirty, get a load of this one: a GOP congressional candidate in Northern California authorized a phone-sex style automated message that went out to some 100,000 potential voters.

"Mike Thompson's been a bad boy," the breathy female voice says of Thompson, the Democratic incumbent congressman running for reelection in Nappa Valley.

The automated message - which you can hear yourself here - gets steamier after the voice on the message says Thompson voted for the financial bailout. She moans, then adds in a sultry dulcet tone, "Vote - yesss! - for Zane."

Zane is 27-year-old Zane Starkewolf, the Republican nominee facing Thompson. He defends the ad on his Web site this way: "The unpaid staffer who recorded and submitted the message may have been a little overly enthusiastic in the delivery, but I believe it is good to get enthusiasm back into politics."

Zane goes on to say that "if a message needs to go out that is 'appalling' in a sense in order to get the discussion going, then I believe it is a worthy cause."

As the Sacramento Bee points out, Thompson, who represents a solidly Democratic district, is not considered vulnerable.

And chances that his opponent's bizarre phone-sex robo calls will have an impact on his reelection are, well, slim to none.

By Mary Ann Akers  |  October 28, 2008; 3:24 PM ET
 
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Could you (or *somebody* in the MSM) do some sleuthing to see whether this non-robo call story is accurate: http://tpmelectioncentral.talkingpointsmemo.com/2008/10/dozens_of_call_center_workers.php

As an Obama supporter, I'm all ready to take umbrage as so many are doing across the left side of the blogosphere--but I'd like to see if this story has been verified. Thanks.

Posted by: multiplepov | October 28, 2008 4:13 PM | Report abuse

P.S. to my previous post...take umbrage against the text of the call, of course, and heap praise on the call center workers.

Posted by: multiplepov | October 28, 2008 4:25 PM | Report abuse

Democrats for John McCain and Sarah Palin in 2008

Posted by: hclark1 | October 29, 2008 1:14 PM | Report abuse

Here's a link to a non-blog source for the story about the telemarketers who skipped a day of work and pay rather than make calls with a script about Obama they considered inflammatory and wrong:

http://www.post-trib.com/news/1247496,lcelexcall.article

Posted by: multiplepov | October 29, 2008 2:57 PM | Report abuse

Democrats for John McCain and Sarah Palin in 2008

Posted by: hclark1 | October 29, 2008 1:14 PM
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You're kind of like a mosquito, aren't you? Just popping up everywhere, nothing to say, just buzz, buzz, buzz. I've asked you before to name just *one* policy of McCain/Palin that explains why you (a supposed Democrat) prefers their ticket over Obama/Biden. But you never reply.

Posted by: multiplepov | October 29, 2008 3:00 PM | Report abuse

I doubt if anywhere in our political history (save perhaps the savage attacks on President Andrew Jackson's wife by his political opposition) has there been such slime and filth and falsehoods about an opponent as employed by the desperate, racist GOP John McCain presidential campaign. These liars and Roverian cheats should read Dante's INFERNO which will show them where in Hell they will end up.

Posted by: GuinnessJ51 | October 29, 2008 4:30 PM | Report abuse

Party is all that matters. When anyone switches from one party to another that tells me that they are neither. Further, it seems to me that that they will do/say anything to obtain their place at the trough. By the time you have graduated high school if you don't know if you are red or blue you should stay home on on 11/4

Posted by: philh2 | October 30, 2008 12:23 AM | Report abuse

Please edit the blog text: it is NAPA not Nappa. This is happened before and I suspect the writer and editors should check their spell-checkers.
Thank you.

Posted by: KatiClean | October 30, 2008 6:53 AM | Report abuse

I live now in Texas but a couple of years
ago I lived in Georgia
Just wanted everone to know The Scumbag
Republican seneteor from Georgia who is up
for reelection placed a robo call though
I am a registered Democrat The call came from Washington D.C Is the seneteor abusing
his senetorial privilages and making calls
from his senete office abusing the tax
payers

Posted by: pingali_rao | October 30, 2008 11:25 AM | Report abuse

It's outrageous that these depraved perverts are even given a political platform in this country.
All republicans think about is money, power, sex and war. These hypocritical buffons slander and accuse anyone who oppose them, yet outdo everyone when it comes to filthy, despicable habits.
Will we change our politics and our leaders next Tuesday?
Or will we let America be turned into a modern day Babylon, with a freaky old man and his bimbo assistant ruling over us?

Posted by: tommyd60 | October 30, 2008 5:25 PM | Report abuse

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