Democrats accuse GOP of scaring Va. voters with unsolicited texts

October 27, 2011

Democrats are accusing Republicans of “scaring” voters in Northern Virginia with unsolicited text messages attacking the party’s Senate and House candidates less than two weeks before the election.

About a dozen people have contacted the Democratic Party of Virginia to report receiving the texts, party spokesman Brian Coy said.

The texts, according to the party say: “OBAMA and his VA DEMOCRAT allies want to RAISE YOUR TAXES. Send a message. DO NOT vote for VA Democrats on 11/08/11” and “Dave Marsden voted to allow Ffx County Schools to HIDE FROM PARENTS when they discipline kids. Ask Dave why XXX-XXX-XXX.’’

Dave Rexrode, executive director of the Republican Party of Virginia, said he had no knowledge of the texts.

Dave Mills, executive director of the state Democratic Party, sent an e-mail to supporters about the texts Thursday, saying he believes the messages are illegal and is trying to determine who sent them.

“Running a slate of extreme right-wing candidates with no plan to create jobs, improve education or fix transportation is no excuse for breaking the law and violating voters’ privacy,’’ Mills said in the e-mail. “Please help us hold the Republicans accountable for these underhanded and illegal tricks.”

Democrats are asking people who have received the texts to call a hotline at 866-529-7620, which will be forwarded to Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli’s consumer affairs office, file a complaint with the Federal Communications Commission or file suit in small claims court.

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