RPK targets 5 Democratic lawmakers with robocalls before floor votes Thursday

01/05/2017 11:45 AM

FRANKFORT — Five Democratic lawmakers who voted against Republican priority legislation in committee on Wednesday are being targeted with robocalls in their home districts in an attempt to change their vote before the bills come for a full vote before the House on Thursday.

The calls, which started Thursday morning, specifically reference three bills. The first set of calls targeting four Democratic lawmakers and specifically reference votes on right-to-work and repealing the prevailing wage.

The calls are being placed in the legislator’s districts, and feature a patch-through option for those receiving the calls to be directed to the Legislative Research Commission hotline to send lawmakers a message to vote in favor of the bills.

The call tells voters their representative “still has time to do the right thing.”

Four Democrats: Rep. James Kay, D-Versailles; Rep. Wilson Stone, D-Scottsville; Rep. Dean Schamore, D-Hardinsburg; and Rep. Russ Meyer, D-Nicholasville are all being targeted in the calls on right-to-work and prevailing wage.

“We are going to do all we can as a party to help support the legislative agenda being set forth by Governor Bevin, President Stivers and Speaker Hoover,” said Tres Watson the communications director for the Republican Party of Kentucky. “These calls are simply letting constituents know how their legislators are voting and giving them an opportunity to ask them to reconsider their votes.”

The calls are part of a signal from the RPK that they’re a 12 month organization, willing to spend cash even outside of a campaign season. There are no elections in Kentucky in 2017.

One other Democratic lawmaker, Rep. Angie Hatton, D-Whitesburg, is also being targeted in the round of robocalls. The freshman lawmaker faces a call in her eastern Kentucky district over an abortion measure.

The call says Hatton’s first vote was against a pro-life measure, but she could correct the vote when the issue comes to the House floor for a vote Thursday.

Nick Storm

Nick Storm is the Anchor and Managing Editor of Pure Politics available exclusively on Spectrum News. Pure Politics is the only nightly program dedicated to Kentucky politics. Nick covers all of the political heavyweights and his investigative work brings to light issues that might otherwise go unnoticed, like his coverage of the backlog of DNA rape kits waiting to be tested in Kentucky. Nick is also working on a feature length bio documentary Outlaw Poet: A documentary on Ron Whitehead. Pure Politics airs weeknight at 7 and 11:30 on Spectrum News. Follow Nick on Twitter @NStorm_Politics. Nick can be reached at 502-792-1107 or nicholas.storm@charter.com.

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