Nashville mayoral candidate David Fox’s campaign is pointing to state Rep. Bo Mitchell, who supports another candidate, as the person behind anonymously-sponsored robocalls tying Fox to “extremist” Republicans. Both Mitchell and the campaign he supports – that of Bill Freeman – denied the allegations.
From The Tennessean’s report:
The robocall, which went out to phones on July 31, did not disclose who paid for the message, which would violate federal telephone consumer regulations.
According to the Fox campaign, the call used the caller ID number 615-852-7237, which is linked to a Google Voice account with a voicemail set up.
The Barry and Bone campaigns both denied any role in the robocall last week. In now pointing to Mitchell and Freeman, the Fox campaign claimed they have the following evidence:
Fox’s campaign claims Mitchell “possesses the technology” and has a history of using an auto-dial machine in his own political races.
Fox’s campaign alleges that “eyewitnesses” place Mitchell, Freeman and former state Rep. Mike Turner, another Freeman supporter, at the Noshville restaurant on Broadway on the morning of July 30, one day before the robocall went out.
Fox’s campaign also points to a Facebook post that Democratic state Rep. Sherry Jones, also a Freeman adviser, made on July 30. Jones wrote the following: “For those of you who may not know, mayoral candidate David Fox is a tea party Republican.”
Mitchell responded to questions from The Tennessean via text message on Monday:
“I didn’t create anything that targeted any candidate,” Mitchell texted, adding that he’s been encouraging folks to early vote.
Asked whether he had any involvement at all with the robocalls, Mitchell texted: “None.”
Jones, a South Nashville Democrat, also denied any involvement in the robocall.
Nashville’s mayoral election is Thursday. Early voting ended Saturday.
Fox campaign officials say they plan to turn over their findings to the district attorney’s office as well as relevant state legislative committees.