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Mike Tate Up to His Old Tricks

If a robocall’s mind-blowingly unethical (Remember this?), look no further than everyone’s favorite punk, Mike Tate, the Chair-Boy Blunder of the Democratic Party of Wisconsin.

This new call might just take the cake.

[Madison] – The Democrat Party of Wisconsin is using a fraudulent tactic to harass and intimidate constituents who favor recalling Democrat Senator Dave Hansen of Green Bay.

The Democratic Party has targeted for harassment people who signed recall petitions against Senator Hansen, making calls on beginning on Monday April 25th using a fake phone number and caller ID that showed up on phones as “Bay Care Aurora,” a well-known Green Bay area medical center.  Once recall supporters answered the phone, they were told they were speaking with a Democrat Party of Wisconsin operative, and were questioned about signing a petition to recall Hansen.

“It’s disgusting that the Dems would use a fake call from a hospital to trick people into answering their phones – only so they could harass and intimidate them into saying they did not sign a recall petition,” said Mark Jefferson, Executive Director of the Republican Party of Wisconsin.  “People who received that call may have feared the worst – an unexpected call from a hospital can bring terrible news about a loved one. The Democrats’ intent was obviously to confuse and upset people, hoping they would be disoriented and easily tricked into saying they had not signed a recall petition.  Dave Hansen’s political career may be coming to an end because he fled to Illinois, but that doesn’t excuse this cruel, desperate tactic.”

This tactic probably negates all of DPW’s recent talk about RPW running a “RACKET!” [Actual phrasing from their Comms guy] in their attempt to get GOP-lead recalls against three of the Democratic State Senators tossed out.  Once again, DPW continues to highlight there are no adults in the room helping to supervising the playground.

UPDATE: The Wisconsin Reporter says they’ve been unable to get comment from a spokesman at either DPW [Graeme, pick up the phone!], or Aurora Bay Care.  The latter is a bit of a surprise for me.

UPDATE II: WTAQ is reporting that Aurora BayCare is denying the calls came from their offices.  This whole thing reminds me of something I heard on a TV show last week, “Caller ID only tells you who they [the caller] want you to believe is calling.”

DPW tells WTAQ the whole thing as a screw-up on their telecomm provider.

About 100 calls were made that mistakenly came up with Aurora BayCare on the caller ID. Hospital officials say the calls didn’t originate from their building or with their knowledge.

“We regret this inconvenience to residents. This call did not originate from Aurora BayCare Medical Center. We have confirmed that no outgoing calls were placed from this number at Aurora BayCare Medical Center. We have reported this matter to the police,” said Public Relations Manager Kristine Lillie in a statement.

Those receiving the calls report callers identified themselves as members of the Democratic Party. They indicated they were going through names on petitions turned in to determine if they meant to sign the recall petition.

Democratic Party of Wisconsin Communications Director Graeme Zielinski says calls are being made to verify the signature on the recall petition following up on some irregularities.

Zielinski says the wrong phone number was typed into the system, but it was quickly corrected.

In a statement from Meyer Teleservices CEO Nick Gerten, “During the initial scope of our calling on the evening of April 25th it was brought to our attention that there were discrepancies with the caller ID information being provided from our site. We immediately took steps to rectify the situation and had the issue resolved. We take full responsibility for the error and apologize for any inconvenience or added concern this may have caused.”

Yes, but of all the places to tell you who’s calling, a hospital?

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  • Somehow I doubt the DPW and Aurora BayCare share telemarketers, which begs the question of how the out-of-state telemarketer “mistyped” the hospital’s name.

    One more thing; I wonder if anbody who has an unlisted number got a call from the DPW. That might be juuuuust a bit embarrassing considering one of the possible sources of unlisted numbers was stolen from the recall group’s offices.

  • This DJ

    Steve,

    The telemarketer doesn’t enter the name of the organization into the system, they enter the number, that number is routed through the local phones and if that number is registered, the local system puts up the name of the organization.

    Also, if you have an unlisted number and it was put onto the petitions, it’s likely they have it, and you got called. Your trying to tie these two things together is laughable.

    Also, Kevin, what do you call offering shots for signatures as caught on tape? What about paying 5 dollars for a signature? Are these ok?

  • Anonymous

    Neither are “Okay,” but there is a large irony to all this since the charges
    are coming from the very political organization which thought “Smokes for
    Votes” was copacetic.

  • So, DJ, you’re telling me that a “telemarketer” can enter (say, for example) YOUR telephone number into “the system” and make thousands of calls pretending to be you?

    Is it just me, or does this smell of interstate fraud?

  • This DJ

    yes… I’m actually saying that.

    Typically, someone gives the telemarketer a phone number, and signs a contract saying they are authorized to use that number.

    Considering that the vendor took full responsibility it seems like they mistyped a number, or made a mistake. Not everything’s a conspiracy Papa twenty nuevo.

  • This DJ

    I’m not your typical liberal, I don’t think that was copacetic.
    But was Mike Tate in charge of that campaign? That’s like saying (Exaggeration coming) Reince Priebus has no right to say breaking and entering and stealing things because the Republicans are the party of Watergate.

  • This DJ

    Jeepers let me try this again.

    Reince Priebus is hypocritical to speak against breaking and entering because Republicans were the party of Watergate…

    That seems more like an actual sentence.

    I personally try to avoid hyperbole.

  • Jimmy James

    Oh the Right-wing hypocrites.  GOP is just the party of unearned money and cheats.