Have you received an anonymous robo-call opposing George Latimer, the Democratic State Assemblyman representing a District, the 37th, stretching from part of New Rochelle to Port Chester?
The automated calls – which slam Latimer’s record – started just 12 hours after Democratic State Senator Suzi Oppenheimer announced on Thursday that she would not be seeking reelection. The recorded caller never states his name or affiliation. One recipient described the message as “nasty.”
The calls have been traced to an Albany-area law firm, McClung Peters & Simon, that represents the State Senate GOP, says Latimer, who is considering a run for Oppenheimer’s seat. Repeated phone calls to the law firm were not answered.
These calls are also apparently illegal. Anonymous robocalls that are political or advocacy in nature are prohibited under federal law, according to a campaign law expert.
Latimer says he views the calls as “very sad,” as much for what they represent as the skewed message they deliver.
“Attack politics before there is even a campaign underway,” he says.
He added, “It does tell me if I run, it will be an expensive, contentious race; less so because of Bob (Cohen, who already has a 2012 election website up), whom I think is a good guy, and more because of the Senate Republican majority that wants to capture the seat.”
photo courtesy George Latimer