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November 5, 2012 - Jim Anderson
The Republican-nominated candidates for Michigan Supreme Court in Tuesday’s election are incumbent justices Brian Zahra and Stephen Markman and Oakland County Judge Colleen O'Brien.
Democrats have nominated law professor Bridget McCormack, Southfield District Judge Shelia Johnson and Wayne County Judge Connie Kelley.
The judicial positions are technically non-partisan, so no party affiliations are listed on the ballot.
On Sunday, our home (and undoubtedly many more) received a robocall from a woman (first name only) claiming that Democrats support Colleen O’Brien. Which is odd, since O’Brien was nominated by Republicans and she supports her fellow Republican-nominated candidates.
I tried to return the call to the number listed on the caller ID, but was told it was no longer in service.
Today, the Michigan Democratic Party said it plans to file a complaint with the Federal Communications Commission regarding the robocall.
According to the Democrats, the FCC recently released new rules regarding political robocalls that prohibit messages that do not provide information on the organization responsible for the call or a telephone number.
The Democrats, in issuing a statement on the planned complaint, say that O’Brien is responsible for the call — but that may not be the case.
One day, long after the election, we may find out.
UPDATE: The O’Brien campaign, according to an online report (Gongwer News Service), admits that it was behind the robocall, but says the automated message complies with federal law.
Here's a transcript of the call:
"Hi, my name is Amanda and I’m calling today to ask our fellow Democrats to support Judge Colleen O’Brien for Michigan Supreme Court. Colleen O’Brien deserves our support. Remember the ‘O’ for O’Brien. Democrats should vote November 6 for Judge Colleen O’Brien for Michigan Supreme Court."
Legal? I'm neither a lawyer nor a judge. Deceptive? Yes, of course. Slimy? That too.
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