Kevin Barrett, vying for the Libertarian party’s Congressional candidacy in Wisconsin’s third district, has launched a somewhat unique automated calling campaign.Â In anticipation of the September 9th primary, his voice will be heard in 15,000 homes across the district in two distinct messages, but not in the way you would expect from a politician.
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Barrett’s pre-recorded phone message slams politicians and features Barrett’s trademark absurdist, self-effacing humor.
Barrett test-marketed the call to a number of voters, one of whom immediately donated $500 to his campaign, while another responded “politics couldn’t be more fun!” Based on the test-marketing sample, Barrett said he expects to garner a few thousand dollars, a few thousand votes, and “only a couple of dozen death threats” from the calls. “That’s a pretty good ratio of votes to death threats,” Barrett said. “So I decided to go ahead and place the calls. It seems like a sound, strategic political decision…”
…Barrett apologized to Wheedlesharp and others who don’t like getting robo-calls from politicians, and promised that if they send him to Washington he’ll stop calling them. “Heck, I might even support legislation banning robo-calls from politicians,” Barrett said. “In fact, I think I’ll record a robo-call right now telling voters if they vote for me I’ll support anti-robo-call legislation.”
Rolf Lindgren, Barrett’s campaign manager, said he hoped voters had a sense of humor.
(Full disclosure:Â Mr. Lindgren has been helping me find a robo-call company for John Murphy’s Congressional campaign.)