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FOX47 NEWS - Local Robocaller Quits Job

Jeff Angileri
Oct 20, 2008, 10:25 PM


There's a new perspective on the now infamous robocalls paid for by the Republican National Committee.

Voters in more than 13 states, including Wisconsin are getting calls from people accusing Barack Obama of having ties to terrorists. Some of those calls are made from right here in Madison.

A local man made dozens of calls bashing Barack Obama, but when the campaign got ugly, he quit his job.

Ted Zoromski of Middleton took a job this month at telemarketing firm Sitel, on Madison's west side.

There was a contract they were hiring for, Zoromski said. It was for political reasons, and my job would just be on the phones.

He knew he'd be making calls on behalf of the Republican National Committee, asking voters about who they were voting for, and what issues mattered most to them.

You show up, you sign in, you log in, you get your headset on and you start your work, he said. He didn't expect the script to go negative.

Following is the script of a robocall being sent to voters in Wisconsin:

Hello. I'm calling for John McCain and the RNC because you need to know that Barack Obama has worked closely with domestic terrorist Bill Ayers, whose organization bombed the U.S. Capitol, the Pentagon, a judge's home and killed Americans. And Democrats will enact an extreme leftist agenda if they take control of Washington. Barack Obama and his Democratic allies lack the judgment to lead our country. This call was paid for by McCain-Palin 2008 and the Republican National Committee at 202-863-8500.

Zoromski said, This was different than I was told I was going to be saying, and [Sitel] said the script changes on a daily basis.

So Zoromski quit, fed up with what he perceived as scare tactics.

The Wisconsin GOP says it had nothing to do with the calls, but says negative ads go both ways.

This is not really different from any of the other messages we've had out there, said Marc Jefferson, of the Wisconsin GOP. We've seen Barack Obama attack John McCain over his staff people and who they've been associated with.

Meantime, Ted Zoromski is unemployed, but says his conscience is clear.

Even though I was being paid to do it, I didn't feel comfortable, he said.

John McCain is fighting members of his own party regarding the negative phone calls. Senator Susan Collins of Maine, and former secretary of state Colin Powell, both Republicans, are condemning the ads.

We also contacted Sitel about the robocalls. A spokesperson said the company could not comment.

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