Jack Davis ran for Congress three times as a Democrat and is currently a Tea Party candidate in New York’s 26th Congressional District, siphoning votes away from the Republican candidate, Jane Corwin, who is running in a dead heat with the Democratic candidate, Kathy Hochul.
Now, there’s a one-minute, anonymous robocall going out to a number of political operatives and reporters in New York City, criticizing one of Davis’s consultants, Jim Spencer, a Democrat, for his work in the race.
The ad appears aimed at the professional class of political operatives and writers, and it’s unclear if it’s also targeting regular voters. The caller, who is not identified, says at one point:
During your next election, when you are choosing which consultant to help you with your campaign mail, remember that Jim Spencer and the Campaign Network had no business calling themselves progressive when they’re currently representing a Tea Party candidate.
A New York City-based Democratic operative not working in the race forwarded me a recording of the call they got on their cell phone.
Update: A smart point from a reader on Twitter: “It’s like a weird reverse psychology call. Jack Davis is NO #teaparty candidate, but the caller feeds the premise that he is.”
Here’s my transcription:
This is an important message regarding the closely watched special election for Congress in the 26th District in New York.
Democratic consultant Jim Spencer, president of the Campaign Network in Boston is being paid big money to help the Tea Party candidate in this critical bellwether election. Although Jim Spencer has worked for Congressman Joe Kennedy, Governor Deval Patrick and the Massachusetts AFL-CIO, he’s now changed his stripes and is backing the multi-millionaire Tea Party candidate while making a fortune for his supposedly progressive firm. The battle over Medicaid is being fought in Washington DC and the American people finally have the chance to weigh in through this crucial special election. During your next election, when you are choosing which consultant to help you with your campaign mail, remember that Jim Spencer and the Campaign Network had no business calling themselves progressive when they’re currently representing a Tea Party candidate.
Thank you for your attention to this important Democratic matter.
And, just for fun, here is how Google Voice translated the same message: