Howell campaign apologizes for 6 a.m. robocalls

Oct 31 2012 - 4:59pm

LOGAN -- The candidate running to unseat longtime Republican U.S. Sen. Orrin Hatch plans to host a pancake breakfast Saturday in Logan as an apology for early morning robocalls from his campaign.

About 3,800 prerecorded phone pitches for Democrat Scott Howell were made to Utah residents at 6 a.m. Tuesday.

Campaign spokesman Paul Pugmire says the calls were supposed to start at 9 a.m. Tuesday. But superstorm Sandy forced the company hired to make those calls to evacuate its New York City offices Monday before properly scheduling the next day's calls.

Some 127,000 calls were planned before the campaign shut them down.

All of those calls were made to the 435 area code, with most of those in Cache County. Box Elder residents also received some calls.


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