David Weprin's campaign is alleging dirty tricks in NY-9, accusing supporters of Republican Bob Turner of trying to jam communications by organizing mass phone calls to their campaign headquarters. But they've been slow to respond to follow up requests and a source inside the campaign downplayed the severity of the incident to TPM.
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A spokeswoman for the Weprin campaign, Liz Kerr, initially told TPM that they received a "huge flood of calls" this morning that they traced to a 3 AM text message urging people to phone the campaign. It wasn't immediately clear from official campaign statements what the messages said, who was calling, and how debilitating the supposed "phone jamming" was based on the Weprin campaign's statements. Repeated requests for even basic follow up information, like whether law enforcement is involved and what callers were telling volunteers, have gone unanswered more than an hour after the initial phone jamming complaint.
One Weprin source told TPM that the calls were "very annoying," but not debilitating as they have other phone lines. According to the source, callers were asking the same question, "Why doesn't Weprin support Israel?" -- a prominent line of attack against the campaign.