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Report: Robo Survey Calls on District 105 Democratic Primary Were Racially Insensitve

One woman said the survey call “asked if I would vote for an Asian businessman or Africa-American swim mom.”

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.

Read the rest of WSB’s report here

Timothy Swiney May 01, 2014 at 06:15 PM
This is very disappointing. Democrats and residents of HD105 should be very proud that in one of the most conservative areas in the nation we have an "Asian businessman", and an "African American swim mom" running to unseat a female legislator. The thing I find offensive about this poll is the attempt to belittle Ms. Hamilton as nothing more than a "swim mom". Let me make this clarification perfectly clear to the party who made these calls: I have known Ms. Hamilton for a fewl years now and she is a lot more than a "swim mom." Renita Hamilton is a local business woman, a political activist, a county party leader, and an experienced candidate. In 2012 she was the party nominee for State Representative and came within a few hundred votes of winning the seat. And yes, Ms. Hamilton is a very dedicated "swim mom" on top of all that. I don't know Mr. Hur, but he also does not strike me as the type of person who would authorize this type of tactic. Hopefully, this was some over-zealous campaign staffer who will step up and admit their mistake rather than cause one or both candidates to pay the price at the ballot box.
Michael Ruffin May 02, 2014 at 06:30 AM
Come on. It does not take a rocket scientist to figure out who is responsible for those calls. These calls are made every election. What about the calls stating the voting day has been changed. Or the road blocks put up election day in some communities. Or the purging of voter roles. It goes on and on.
Octo Slash May 02, 2014 at 08:23 AM
Does anyone besides me see the GLARING INSANELY HILARIOUS IRONY in this story about "racial insensitivity"? "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." I mean, folks.....ROFLMGDFAO!!!!!!!!!!
Octo Slash May 02, 2014 at 08:26 AM
Oh another thing, seriously. Democrats, y'all are so bent out of shape on race and labels and groups...you ain't doing anyone, least of all yourselves, any good. But hey...stick with your party, which has FIFTY MILLION ON FOODSTAMPS AND THE WEAKEST ECONOMY SINCE WWII.
janh999 May 02, 2014 at 09:06 AM
If you want to talk labels you could actually have a better chance at these statements being "sexist" die to the fact that the woman was labeled a "swim mom" saying she is nothing more than a mom. Yet the man was labeled a "businessman" saying he is a strong breadwinner. What a bunch of manure.

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