A Northern California Republican candidate for Congress is apologizing for a robo-calls that sounds like it was made from an escort service hotline.
About 100,000 Northern California residents in the 1st Congressional District may have heard the sultry voice of a woman on the call, which urges listeners to vote for Mike Thompson's opponent, Zane Starkewolf.
"Mike Thompson's been a bad boy. We all said no to the bailout, but Thompson backed Bush, just like he did with the Patriot Act. Uhhh, vote yes for Zane. Paid for by Zane Starkewolf for U.S. Congress."
Starkewolf, a 27-year old UC Davis alumnus and graduate student, stated on his Web site that "I take the credit or the blame for the statement that went out today.
The unpaid staffer who recorded and submitted the message may have been a little overly enthusiastic in the delivery, but I believe it is good to get enthusiasm back into politics."
Thompson said in a statement that "Voters in the first district won't be swayed by this sophomoric and tasteless prank."