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Idaho CD2: Strange robocall about Simpson irks Canadians, Oregonians

Both the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the campaign for Idaho second congressional district incumbent Mike Simpson say they had nothing to do with a bizarre robocall that seems to have made the rounds in at least Oregon and part of Canada.

Sarah Nelson, who’s working on U.S. Rep. Mike Simpson’s campaign, had this to say in an email response to my query: “I have no clue who the source is behind this call. This is the first I’ve heard anything about it. We didn’t send this message.”

An email from the Chamber said, “this is not a Chamber robocall.”

So who’s behind this call? Who knows? No one, to my knowledge, has claimed it.

Besides the fact that calls went to a Canadian and an Oregonian, it does seem like a strange ad. A British accent in an Idaho Republican Primary ad? Also, it sounds like the monologue is from a computerized voice reading a script. Doesn’t seem to fit the M.O. for the Chamber, which just released this very slick — and probably expensive — ad featuring none other than the Republican party’s 2012 presidential nominee.

To me, it sounds like a news story that  somebody’s reading. The periodic “This is a political message…” interruptions are very strange.

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