FITSNews Exclusive – Phoney Phone Calls In Lowcountry Campaign
RACIST CRANK CALLS STIR THE POT IN BEAUFORT, S.C.
FITSNews – September 18, 2007 – Yup, we’re still in South Carolina, people.
Sources are telling FITSNews that a black woman calling herself “Shaniqua” has placed telephone calls to several Republican voters in Beaufort County urging them to vote for Shannon Erickson in today’s GOP State House runoff election. According to individuals who have received them, the calls say, “My name is Shaniqua, and I be voting’ for Shannon Erickson ’cause she gonna give me all the money I need sos I don’t hafta work.” Another phone caller, alleging to be Erickson herself, tells voters that she will “spend money like a drunken sailor” if elected.
Erickson is running against fellow Republican Randy Bates for the GOP nomination in S.C. House District 124. Both are running as fiscal conservatives and supporters of school choice.
The phoney phone calls have some Beaufort insiders pointing fingers at Bates’ political consultant, Rod Shealy, particularly given their overtly racial overtones. Shealy pled guilty to election fraud years ago after hiring an unemployed black fisherman to run against his sister in an effort to frighten white voters.
Rod Shealy, Jr., who is managing Bates’ campaign, told FITSNews, “our campaign knows nothing about this, period.”
“Any campaign worth its salt would be much smarter than to send out something that transparent,” Shealy said.