The Rural Patriot

November 5, 2006

Harrassing Phone Calls?

Filed under: 2006 Campaigns,Eric Massa,New York State — theruralpatriot @ 11:38 pm

I received an inquiry today asking if I had received any automated telephone calls, sometimes 10 or 15 in a row, that claimed to be representing the Eric Massa for Congress Campaign. I was told that these calls are NOT from the Massa Campaign.

It appears that these calls are designed to annoy potential Massa voters so that they would stay home on election day. Apparently calls such as these are happening across this district in addition to happening in a number of tight races across the country.

I have not received any of these calls. If you receive any and have caller ID service, please make a note of the telephone number. If you have a recording of one on your answering machine, please do not erase it. Post a message here with the details, and I will make sure that the information is relayed to the proper person.

Thank you for your help in this matter. This is at the very least unethical, if not illegal, and it goes a step beyond negative advertising.

[UPDATE: 11/6/06, 1:00 pm. I’ve just talked with someone who informed me that there are reports that some residents in Allegany County have received these calls. Some of them have been called at 2:00 in the morning. Please let us know if you have received this type of call.]



  1. I’m a reporter with 13 WHAM-TV in Rochester. If you’ve received one of these robocalls, please email me at


    Comment by Kyle Clark — November 6, 2006 @ 3:54 pm | Reply

  2. Channel 13 in had a story on this last night. Has been confirmed, but don’t know who’s campaign it affected. I also heard about Allegany County, targeted toward a elderly woman.

    Comment by LV Vet — November 7, 2006 @ 3:20 pm | Reply

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