Politics & Policy

Lassa Slams Chamber Ad For Using Home Phone Number

As embattled Democratic candidates around the country continue to bash the Chamber of Commerce over vague allegations that it is using foreign funds to support Republican candidates in the midterms elections — which the Chamber strongly denies — Wisconsin state lawmaker Julie Lassa (D) has a different kind of complaint. 

The Hill reports that Lassa is lashing out at the Chamber for what her campaign calls a “vicious TV ad campaign” that display’s Lassa’s home phone number:

In the spot, the Chamber displays a phone number above the words, “Tell Julie Lassa, stop voting for job-killing tax hikes.”

The number in question appears on Lassa’s member page on the website of the Wisconsin State Legislature, where it’s labeled “District Number.” The Hill confirmed the number is in fact Lassa’s home phone number, but the Chamber maintains it’s labeled as the number to her district office.   

The Lassa campaign does admit that the number is publicly available, citing Lassa’s reputation for constituent service as a state senator. But Lassa campaign manager Rick Fromberg said using the number in an attack ad is “way beyond the bounds of common decency.”

“This has been a serious breach of her family’s security and peace of mind,” Fromberg said.

Lassa has also joined the Democratic chorus by calling on opponent Sean Duffy (R) to not only denounce the ad but to renounce the Chamber’s support altogether.

Duffy’s campaign has not yet formally responded to these demands, but a campaign spokeswoman issued the following statement: “The better number to call Sen. Lassa at about her horrible, anti-job record is her campaign office at 715-344-8222.”

Andrew StilesAndrew Stiles is a political reporter for National Review Online. He previously worked at the Washington Free Beacon, and was an intern at The Hill newspaper. Stiles is a 2009 ...

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