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Telephone Campaign Targets Freshmen Lawmakers

May 15, 2003
By: Missy Shelton
State Capital Bureau

An orchestrated telephone campaign is targeting freshmen Republicans in the House of Representatives, urging the lawmakers to support a tax increase package.

Missy Shelton reports.

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Republicans say as many as teo dozen of their freshmen colleagues are getting phone calls from elderly citizens.

The campaign appears to be an effort by a coalition of groups including the Missouri Democratic Party.

Roy Temple is the party's chief consultant.

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House Speaker Pro Temp Rod Jetton concedes these tactics might work.

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Some freshmen who've gotten the calls say it's clear the elderly people on the other end of the line have been told what to say.

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