Republican Woody White is requesting an investigation to faux robocalls that went out ahead of the Primary Elections.
The robocall said:
New Hanover County Commissioner please support my two good friends Woody White, Michael Lee. Please vote for them as you would vote for me. Thank you. Your County Commissioner, Brian Berger.
Berger said he hadn't heard the calls and had nothing to do them.
"Personally, I have not so much as put up one yard sign or been part of any campaign team. I can't afford robocalls," Berger texted to WECT's Ashlea Kosikowski.
According to county officials, the calls appeared to be originating from a government telephone number, but they were not actually coming from government owned or operated equipment.
County spokesperson Charles Smith said NHC did not engaged in any transaction to support, finance or facilitate the call.
Now, White is asking the NHC Board of Elections to investigate who is responsible for the fake robocalls. He reiterated in an email to county officials "the rules that govern robo calls are clear and unambiguous and are meant to disallow this type of fraudulent and confusing action."
"The integrity of our election process is sacred," White wrote in the email. "Those that tamper with it should not be allowed to do so without severe consequences."
White believes this should be a quick and easy investigation as he says the vendors who place the calls have records of the purchaser, as do the phone companies.
"As a County Government and Elections Board, it is imperative that we do whatever is necessary to determine the culprit and take action against them. Ignoring this is not an option," said White.
White fell short of David Rouzer in the Primary Elections in the 7th Congressional District.
There is no incumbent running since Democrat Mike McIntyre is retiring after nine terms. McIntyre narrowly beat Rouzer two years ago despite the state's Republican-dominated Legislature drawing the district lines to favor Republicans.
Rouzer will face New Hanover County Commissioner Jonathan Barfield who beat retired Smithfield police officer Walter A. Martin, Jr. in the Democratic primary.
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