By Reid Wilson - 08/12/09 04:32 PM EDT
An unknown caller on a recorded message landed in Democratic House offices throughout Wednesday with the caller ID claiming to be with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's (D-Nev.) office.
The calls, which deliver an anti-healthcare and anti-spending message claiming to come from constituents, have hit several Democratic offices. But the number that shows up on the House's caller identification system shows the calls are coming from Reid's office.
"An unidentified organization is dishonestly using Sen. Reid’s office number to mislead people and to create yet another distraction from the important issues our country needs to address," said Reid spokesman Rodell Mollineau. “American families are suffering and every day that defenders of the status quo spend on misleading and disruptive tactics like this is a wasted opportunity to be working on finding real solutions.”
The 30-second calls have gone to several members' offices, most of which declined to comment because the caller claims to be a constituent.
The calls come as both parties engage in behind-the-scenes jousting over the heathcare measure. Last week, the Democratic National Committee made phone calls to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell's (R-Ky.) offices throughout the Bluegrass State asking for office hours.
Meanwhile, Democratic members have also gotten strange phone calls asking for times their offices are open to the public.