I present: The Case of the Mystery Flag Robocalls.
Republican House Speaker Philip Gunn caused a stir last month when he said, “As a Christian, I believe our state’s flag has become a point of offense that needs to be removed.”
This caused angst among some of Gunn’s fellow Republicans, bringing up a divisive subject during an election year and battle for the House majority the GOP has narrowly held only since 2011.
And while it appears a majority of Democratic leaders would support removing the rebel emblem, some Democratic strate-gerists appear to be trying to cash in on Gunn’s stance as a wedge issue among House Republicans, or at least testing the waters. An illegally anonymous automated telephone push poll and mailer went out in a few House districts with incumbent Republicans within only a day or so of Gunn’s comments.
The Gunn camp believes Democrats are behind it – someone with a “machine” to turn out the pieces so quickly – and it’s trying to pin the tail on some donkey. But as yet no one has fessed up. Several Democratic leaders and strategists have denied any hand in the electioneering pieces. Democratic Party Chairman Rickey Cole opined such a campaign for Democrats would be dumb as a sack of hammers.