Monday, November 06, 2006

"You will please not to vote for Demopublican."

FORT WAYNE, Ind., Nov. 5 (UPI) -- A Republican congressman in Indiana complains that telemarketers calling voters on his behalf have such heavy foreign accents they cannot be understood.

Rep. Mark Souder told the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette that in one call left on his daughter's answering machine, the only word he could understand was "Hayhurst" -- the name of his Democratic opponent, Tom Hayhurst.

Feather Larson & Synhorst -- a St. Paul, Minn., company hired by many Republican groups around the country -- promises calls with neutral accents. But in Indiana, where automatic telemarketing calls are illegal, the company is forced to use live callers -- and many of them apparently have heavy foreign accents.

Ironically, the message was to oppose Hayhurst's position on immigration.

The calls are funded by the National Republican Congressional Committee, which, the newspaper said, is the largest user of telemarketing techniques.

Souder, who claims he does not approve of telemarketing in politics, has asked the Indiana attorney general to cut the calls short.

via Raw Story.