On Friday, Indiana Democratic Party Chair Dan Parker sent out this e-mail from headquarters. Apparently, even after agreeing not to do it, Todd Young's campaign for Indiana's 9th District Congressional seat is utilizing the robo-calls to try to drum up support. This is against an agreement between the parties as Parker explains here:
Just one month ago, I sat down with Attorney General Greg Zoeller and Indiana Republican Party Chair Murray Clark to sign an unprecedented bipartisan treaty that pledged this year would be robo-call free for Hoosiers across this state.
Unfortunately, there is already evidence that this agreement has been broken and a formal complaint has been filed with the Attorney General's office.
Online reports in recent days allege that Ninth District GOP Congressional candidate Todd Young has been using robo-calls in Southern Indiana, touting his campaign and asking Hoosiers to contact him.
(A recording of the phone call in question can be found here.)
If these allegations are true, Mr. Young is not just breaking an agreement between the major political parties of this state -- he's possibly breaking the law.
Robo-calls are illegal in Indiana, and enforcement of that law is the responsibility of Attorney General Greg Zoeller. Zoeller, a Republican who is serving his first term, endorsed Young's candidacy last year, and has since hosted fundraisers for Young.
As of today, both Zoeller and Young have been completely silent on the issue.
Given Attorney General Zoeller's personal involvement in the primary campaign of Todd Young, he owes Hoosiers an answer on why he has not investigated or made a statement on the alleged use of a robo-call.
Earlier today, I placed a call to the Attorney General to request that he fully investigate this matter. I am calling on both Todd Young and Greg Zoeller to clear this matter up for Hoosiers and ensure the law of the land was followed.
These are serious allegations, and they deserve an equally serious response.
As always, I would like to reaffirm the Indiana Democratic Party's opposition to the use of robo-calls in this state. Such tactics have no place in the Hoosier political process.
Daniel J. Parker
Here's the Todd Young call that Parker referred to in the e-mail.
Of course, Baron Hill, the incumbent Democrat, is running for re-election, and Mike Sodrel's old bones are back for another shot at Hill if he can fight off Young in the Republican primary.