The Michigan Republican party is in a lot of trouble after it sent out a flier telling voters to call Democrat John Fisher, candidate for the state’s 61st District, to tell him how they were being “hurt” by the Affordable Care Act.
The flier read, in part:
“Tell him hard-working Michiganders are being hurt by Obamacare and the health care policies (Democrats) support.”
Just one problem: the number listed on the flier was to his 91-year-old dying mother who’s currently in hospice care at a local nursing home. See, the number is registered to Fisher, but it’s actually a direct line to his elderly mother.
“To direct people to call a suffering woman who deserves peace and comfort is beyond the pale,” Fisher said in a statement. “Their lack of ethics and contempt for personal privacy is just another reason for people to question what – or better, who – the Republican Party stands for, so that they can make a wise decision at the ballot box on Nov. 4.”
Fisher’s opponent, Republican Brandt Iden, reportedly had nothing to do with the state GOP choosing to send out the fliers.
And while Fisher apparently hasn’t had a problem in the past with the Michigan Republican party listing his personal number in fliers, I think it’s a huge issue. How low does that state’s GOP have to stoop to list what they think is an opposing candidate’s personal phone number on fliers? Because, by doing so, tactics like this open the door for a candidate’s family to be unwittingly attacked.
What if the Michigan Republican party did this to a candidate who had small children at home and one of the children answered some of these calls to their home line? And when they picked up the phone all they heard was an angry conservative saying what I’m sure wouldn’t be the kindest of things about their mom or dad. Or what if they gave out the phone number of an underaged child (considering cell phone numbers are typically under the parent’s name) to convicted sex offenders?
Now I know I might be going “overboard” a bit, but I’m trying to highlight the idiocy of a state political party using what they think is a candidate’s personal contact information to publish in campaign material.
Or, like in this case, the recklessness of Michigan’s Republican party publicly listing the number of a dying 91-year-old woman and encouraging people to call and berate her about her son.
And for the record, the Michigan Republican party couldn’t be reached for comment on this issue. Maybe we should call them and voice our thoughts on their recklessness? The Michigan Republican Party’s phone number is (517) 487-5413.
It just seems like not a day goes by where the Republican party doesn’t make me absolutely ashamed that tens of millions of Americans actually support these people.
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