Yates slams Hawkins over alleged robocalls

In the not-so-friendly race for the Metro Council’s 25th District seat, Democratic challenger David Yates slammed robocalls that he claims Republican incumbent Doug Hawkins is sending out to voters across south Louisville.

“There are several different messages going out. Everything from I’m a liberal who supports ‘militant lesbians’ to attacking my faith,” says Yates. “I think most people are hanging up on it and by now voters have caught on to the lies.”

The Yates campaign has not produced a recording of the alleged phone messages, however. During a press conference, a Yates campaign spokesman said supporters have called to complain about the robocalls, which they believe is in response to their mailer delivered to voters, which throws several jabs of its own.

The attack ad refers to Hawkins as unethical, ineffective, un-American, an extremist and a politician who wastes taxpayer money. The Democratic challenger defends the piece, saying that he’s going after the issues in the mailer by highlighting Hawkins’ record on the council.

Asked if he has sent out any recordings to voters via telephone against Yates or any other attacks, Hawkins told LEO Weekly he has used robocalls to reach out to voters, but denies the allegations.

“I’ve never mentioned his name at all. He’s down in the polls and he’s desperate,” says Hawkins. “Why would I want to send out 10,000 phone calls saying his name given that he’s relatively unknown in the district? I’ve never used the term ‘militant lesbians’ so I don’t even know where he got that from. Yates’ whole campaign has been to throw mud against the wall and hope something sticks. It is just so negative and hateful that I haven’t addressed it.”

Since city and county governments merged in 2003, no elected member of the council has been unseated by voters, but Yates’ candidacy has caught the attention of observers as a potential upset. Earlier this week, for instance, LEO found that state election finance records show Yates outpacing Hawkins in fundraising by an almost 4-to-1 margin.

5 Comments

  1. Mike
    Posted October 28, 2010 at 2:12 pm | Permalink

    I’d like to know where those “poll” numbers that Doug is referring to came from? I don’t recall a poll being released with any real numbers on that race in particular.

    And to clarify, I have received the robocalls and Doug is telling the truth about one thing… he never says Yates’ name, BUT he refers to his “opponent” being “anti-god” and being “supported by militant lesbians”. So in the end, Doug is evoking a phantom poll and lying to his constituents about his shameless robocalls. Time for Doug to go.

  2. BT
    Posted October 29, 2010 at 2:35 am | Permalink

    I received a call from that fuck Hawkins during his first campaign. He used the “militant lesbian” phrase against then-opponent Denise Weiter.

    What a disgusting bastard.

    And, to echo the first comment, Doug always refers to Yates as “my opponent” – never by name.

  3. BT
    Posted October 29, 2010 at 2:37 am | Permalink

    Here is a story on the fake poll Hawkins is talking about:

    http://insiderlouisville.com/news/2010/09/21/unrelia-poll-results-are-in-for-25th-district-metro-council-race/

  4. SR
    Posted October 29, 2010 at 9:22 pm | Permalink

    I do not live in his district. My phone number prefix is not in his district–AND I still get his phone calls. First, he wanted to put a sign in my yard. Why, no one in my neighborhood can vote for him? Then, I got the same phone call as mentioned in pp. Well. I think so. I hung up as soon as I heard his voice.

  5. Burchard
    Posted June 25, 2011 at 6:09 pm | Permalink

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