Shenanigans in the Second: Big Brother on the line?
This just in: A spokeswoman for Rep. C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger says the Baltimore County Democrat has heard from dozens of constituents today who were "outraged and scared" by a robocall claiming their telephone lines had been tapped by the government.
The spokeswoman, Heather Molino, says the calls were funded by Ricard Matthews, Ruppersberger's Republican challenger in the Second Congressional District. The script, according to Molino:
“We are sorry to inform you that this line is now under surveillance by the federal government. We attribute our authority to disregard the Fourth Amendment by Bush’s ally in Congress Dutch Ruppersberger. Dutch voted to reauthorize the Patriot Act and the FISA Amendments Act. This is paid for by Richard Matthews for Congress.”
Molino said Ruppersberger has reported the calls to the Office of Maryland Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler. We have left a telephone message and sent an e-mail to Matthews asking for comment.
Ruppersberger called the calls “a last minute, desperate, scare tactic."
"Senior citizens, young parents, veterans, and other Marylanders called my office in a panic after receiving this call," he said. "In all of my years of public service, I have never seen such a dirty trick to intimidate voters. This is not what we want in politics today."