Friday, September 30, 2011

Marion County GOP Offers Robo-Call Challenge To Democrats

In light of U.S. District Court Judge William Lawrence's decision this week invalidating Indiana's law prohibiting the use of pre-recorded political messages to voters--often referred to as robo-calls, Marion Co. GOP Chairman Kyle Walker has issued a challenge to the Marion Co. Democrats and the campaigns of other municipal candidates this year to enter into a mutual agreement to refrain from using them prior to this year's general election. From a press release issued by the Marion Co. GOP:

Marion County Republican Party Chairman Kyle Walker states, "If the Marion County Democrat Party, Melina Kennedy's campaign, the Democrat Council candidates campaigns and every organization seeking to assist in the election of a Democrat municipal candidate or seeking to defeat a Republican municipal candidate will refrain from using "robo-calls" to contact voters, then the Marion County Republican Party and our candidates will also refrain from using them.  If the Democrat Party and its candidates will pledge publicly and send notice to every organization they can reasonably assume may consider conducting "robo-calls" and request that they honor this agreement - and immediately terminate such calls if they occur, then the Marion County Republican Party and our candidates will also prevent and immediately terminate such calls."

6 comments:

Paul K. Ogden said...

So is the GOP saying they're going to do them if the D's don't agree not to?

Vox Populi said...

So in other words, everyone's going to be doing "robocalls." Walker hopes to hell the Dems pass on his offer.

Indy4u2c said...

Robo-calls are annoying! I wish they were prohibited.

To those who say it's free speech, I say it is an uninvited trespass into my home.

Ben said...

In other words." Fund rasing is way behind and we dont have any money to buy robo calls so we think that you should not run any either.

Gary R. Welsh said...

I agree. I think they are a complete waste of money. If there isn't a live person on the other end of the line, I'm hanging up before the message is over.

Paul K. Ogden said...

They are annoying, but they are free speech. They're simply not very effective.

Indy4u2c, you might call it "trespass" but the fact is because it's political they have a right to reach out via telephone. Whether you listen to the message is up to you. It's the same reason neighborhood associations cannot prevent political candidates from knocking on people's doors, regardless of no soliciation rules in the neighborhood. They can prevent comercial soliciations, but they can't prevent political speech.