The Republicans are calling it "negative push polling." Democrats say it's "persuasive voter identity polling" and GOP candidates have done it before in Utah.
Either way, it is the use of the latest in telephone marketing techniques to identify voters — those who are already with your candidate, those who could be persuaded to vote for your candidate, and those who have "made up their minds and who you don't want to waste money on calling again" — as Utah Democratic Party executive director Todd Taylor puts it.
Democrats are making the calls into several Utah House and Senate districts where they believe they have a chance of winning this year. Several thousand Sandy residents are reportedly getting calls from both sides of a close race between House Speaker Greg Curtis, R-Sandy, and his Democratic challenger, Jay Seegmiller.
A rose by any other name.....
You can put lipstick on a pig......
And, as Vice Chairman Rob Miller points out, in the comments on the article, Executive Director Todd Taylor posted the script of the call:
Hello, my name is (caller’s first name). Is (voter’s first name) available? I am calling from the Utah Democratic Party with a couple of quick questions about the upcoming elections.
If the election for your State House of Representative were held today and the candidates were Democrat Jay Seegmiller who is concerned about legislators using their public office for private gain and Republican Greg Curtis who is Speaker of the House who thinks conflict of interest is natural in a citizen legislature, for whom would you vote?”
If it quacks like a duck.....
If it lies like a Republican.....
Oh, and by saying Well....the Republicans do it.... is not a good excuse.
The reason people my age do not get involved in politics and don't vote, is because politicians pull crap like this.
It needs to stop. And it needs to stop. Yesterday.
Will someone rise above the fray?