A Democratic candidate for the Michigan House said Thursday that the state GOP sent out campaign mailers this week that urged voters to call him to complain about Obamacare.
The hitch: candidate John Fisher said the phone number printed on the mailer connected voters to his 91-year-old mother, who is receiving hospice care.
“To direct people to call a suffering woman who deserves peace and comfort is beyond the pale,” Fisher said in a statement, as quoted by MLive.com. “Their lack of ethics and contempt for personal privacy is just another reason for people to question what – or better, who – the Republican Party stands for, so that they can make a wise decision at the ballot box on Nov. 4.”
The mailer encouraged voters to dial up Fisher, who is running in the state’s 61st House district, and “tell him hard-working Michiganders are being hurt by Obamacare and the health care policies (Democrats) support,” as quoted by MLive.com.
But Fisher’s campaign manager David Topping told the news outlet that while the number listed on the mailer is registered under Fisher’s name, it is a direct line to his elderly mother Isabel Kramb’s room at a hospice facility where she is receiving care for congestive heart failure.
Here’s an image of the flier with the phone number blurred out:
“Obamacare and John Fisher could leave us bedridden.” http://t.co/hfQiKOpwio
— Jonathan L. Fischer (@jon_fischer) October 2, 2014
MLive.com wasn’t able to reach the Michigan Republican Party for comment. Fisher’s Republican rival Brandt Iden told the news outlet that he did not condone the mailer.
This post has been updated.
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