Some Gwinnett County voters say an automated phone survey related to an upcoming primary election was racially insensitive.
WSB-TV reported the “robo call” asked call-takers their opinions of the Democratic primary in Georgia House District 105 between candidates Tim Hur and Renita Hamilton. The District, currently represented by Republican Joyce Chandler, encompasses a large portion of Gwinnett County, including the Dacula, Lawrenceville and Grayson areas.
One woman told the TV station, the mid-April call “asked if I would vote for an Asian businessman or Africa-American swim mom” and asked her to identify her race. It also identified the two Democrats, she said.
Upset callers also reported the robo calls to Black Woman for Obama, which had planned a Thursday rally at Rhodes Jordan Park in Lawrenceville to protest.
Neither candidate said they were behind the calls, according to WSB. Hur issued a statement, saying, in part, “It is my understanding that a Republican firm conducted the poll … Clearly, the poll was designed as a wedge to divide voters in the May 20 Primary Election.”
It was not immediately known who was responsible for the calls.