Podcast the Fourth: Dirty Republican Telephone Tricks

28 Oct

A press release from the New York State Democratic Party’s Executive Director, Charlie King:

“The State Democratic Party is asking Erie County District Attorney Frank Sedita III to investigate reports of widespread and fraudulent phone calls that specifically target Democratic voters in Erie County.”

“Republicans clearly recognize they cannot win their upcoming elections on their own merits and are resorting to their usual playbook of unethical and reckless tactics. This is voter suppression at its most deceitful. Those responsible for these calls should be forced to answer to the proper authorities. No issue should be taken more seriously than the attempt to tamper with the democratic process so that people can cast their vote fairly.”

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Harassing phone calls from someone purporting to be from the Democratic challenger for County Executive aren’t just taking place here in Erie County to suppress the Poloncarz turnout.  It’s also happening in an almost identical way to a very similar candidate down in Suffolk County. There, Democrat Steve Bellone’s campaign is battling against harassing phone calls being made to his supporters purporting to be from his campaign.

I had an opportunity to speak with Poloncarz spokesman Peter Anderson about this issue. If you’re receiving harassing phone calls that purport to be from the Poloncarz campaign, please let me know at this email address. If you can, record them.

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12 Responses to “Podcast the Fourth: Dirty Republican Telephone Tricks”

  1. bill October 28, 2011 at 7:33 am #

    Interesting. I seem to remember a post about dirty republican tricks regarding tampered ballots. I asked you for evidence. Turns out it was a democratic dirty trick. youre a world of class alan

    • Alan Bedenko October 28, 2011 at 7:39 am #

      And I corrected it! You’re a world of illiterate, evidently.

  2. bill October 28, 2011 at 7:42 am #

    My point is that your rush to assign blame made you look foolish, perhaps it will happen again

    • Alan Bedenko October 28, 2011 at 7:51 am #

      I call them as I see them. I have my bias, you have yours. I’d rather post my suspicion & opinion and be wrong than be dull.

  3. SusanMary&Joseph October 28, 2011 at 12:42 pm #

    I am registered as a republican, although I vote for the best person regardless. I Thought it was odd when I received a call regarding “our next Erire County Executive Mark Polomcarz” which I cut very short by simply informing the man that I was not voting for him.  So, there goes the idea that democrats were “targeted” also, the man who called me was polite and simply told me he would “make a note of it”.  can’t wait for this to be OVER.

  4. Ward October 28, 2011 at 2:21 pm #

    Anyone detecting a pattern here?

    Poloncarz blames Republicans for pre-marking ballots for Collins. Buffalo Pundit blames Republicans for pre-marking ballots for Collins.
    Turns out it’s a Democrat hack who did it.
    Poloncarz backtracks on blaming Republicans. Pundit backtracks on blaming Republicans.

    Poloncarz blames Republicans for robocalls endorsing Poloncarz. Buffalo Pundit blames Republicans for …

    • Alan Bedenko October 28, 2011 at 2:29 pm #

      Poloncarz hasn’t blamed Republicans for robocalls. Ward fails.

      What do I win?

  5. DJ October 28, 2011 at 2:26 pm #

    Yeah Alan… how dare you draw the conclusion that the same camp responsible for the Mallia ambush of Jack Davis may stoop to this level.

  6. DJ October 28, 2011 at 6:43 pm #

    You win lunch with bill.

  7. SadieLady October 28, 2011 at 7:57 pm #

    So what is a democrat is responsible for the ballots! Who said that democrat had any intentions of voting for Polocarz…. I am not a decocrat and hell would have to freeze over before I would vote for Collins or jacobs…. and what is taking so long? If the sheriff drags his feet until after 11/8 is there 26 brand new Tahoes in it for him?

  8. Allen Miller October 29, 2011 at 10:34 pm #

    @Alan Bedenko #4

    That I can believe

  9. Ward October 31, 2011 at 2:00 pm #

    Alan–ask Dave Debo if Markie Mark was backpedaling last week.

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