Democratic candidates get “vile” calls after personal cell phone numbers put on opponents’ mailings

Several Democratic candidates are receiving “hateful and malicious” calls – after their Republican opponents put their personal phone numbers on campaign posters.

House director Donna Lasinski says it’s happened in six highly contested races, and the calls and violence often increase as the election draws closer. He said the campaign plan encourages violence and is unethical.

“Our candidates should notify local law enforcement of these letters,” Lasinski said. “At this point, they haven’t crossed the line into a threat to take one of our candidates off the campaign trail, but they’re getting very, very offensive comments.”

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At least six candidates had their personal phone numbers printed on GOP emails, Lasinski confirmed. (The calls were first reported by the Capitol Gongwer news agency.) Those “doxxed” include Democrat Jaime Churches, whose opponent in the 27th District race is Republican Bob Howey.

Others include Democrat Rob Kull in District 28, running against Republican Jamie Thompson, Democrat Joey Andrews, running in District 38 against Republican Kevin Whiteford, Democrat Denise Mentzer, whose Republican opponent in the 61st District race Mike Aiello, and Democrat Betsy Coffia , running to replace District 103 with Republican Jack O’Malley.

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Michigan Radio emailed and phoned the Republican candidates, but no response was received by the time of publication, except for Jack O’Malley.

O’Malley’s office emailed the following statement:

“It has come to my attention that a message has been sent with the phone number of my opponents. It has been reported that he has received some harassing calls from people because of this. It’s my knowledge and consent. It’s not paid for by my advertising. My opponent is well aware that this can happen because he needs to explain the false statements made against him.”

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“With that said,” continued O’Malley’s statement, “because of the consequences of bullying and ignorance myself, I do not condone this behavior and never will. . Coffia for who’s stupid.”

A spokeswoman for the Michigan Republican Party said in a statement that it was “using publicly available information” to inform the media.

Lasinski said that the Democrats who were affected should take care of the security.


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