I wrote this morning about how voters in Phil Crane’s district are being bombarded with mail and phone calls. This story is from the NorthWest Herald:
“This is just ridiculous,” said Kathy Lawrence of McHenry.
Lawrence said she has received 10 to 12 phone calls a day from politicians for the past few weeks. Some calls were recorded messages, others were real people, Lawrence said. [Snip]
Herman said the Bean campaign has completed thousands of live calls and one round of recorded calls. The campaign office has received about a dozen complaints regarding repeated calls, likely from other agencies.
“We don’t like to do [automated calls] because we don’t like to harass people,” Herman said. “We would like these groups to stop bothering people. We’ve never gotten complaints over something we’ve done.” [Snip]
John McGovern, a spokesman for the Illinois Republican Party, said it has made about 15,000 live calls in the region in support of U.S. Rep. Phil Crane, R-Wauconda, and President George W. Bush.
The group likely will begin making automated, or “robo,” calls this weekend, McGovern said.
“We even intend to be calling on election day to remind people to go vote,” said Mike Fourcher, spokesman for Democratic state senate candidate Pat Ouimet.