Voters across Wisconsin are relaying stories via Twitter, Facebook
and online message boards about anonymous “robocalls” from allies of
Scott Walker, telling them–incorrectly–that if they signed petitions to
recall Governor Walker, their vote in today’s crucial election has been
An NBC reporter tweeted that a family friend was one recipient of the call:
Tom Barrett, the mayor of Milwaukee and the Democratic nominee to unseat Governor Scott Walker, told MSNBC host Ed Schultz
last night that his campaign began receiving complaints yesterday that
voters had been contacted with the misinformation. This morning, Salon reported
on the robocalls too, and included comments from Carol Gibbons, a
Wisconsin resident who got the call herself. And a local CBS affiliate
is even reporting
that the caller sounds eerily similar to Tom Barrett, suggesting the
group behind the call may have hired a Barrett impersonator.
So far no recording of the call has surfaced, but the reports from
voters was enough to prompt the Barrett campaign to make calls of its
own, warning voters not to listen to the first call. For its part, the
Walker campaign denied any involvement in or knowledge of the robocall or who was behind it.
Election day antics were a near certainty in Wisconsin. In the last week, reports of other campaign antics surfaced, including an attempt by Walker supporters to disable the Barrett campaign’s phone lines by flooding their call centers with spam phone calls.