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.
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