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Michigan Democratic candidates getting “hateful and vile” phone calls after numbers published in Republican campaign ads

Alan Levine

At least six Democratic candidates have been getting "hateful and vile" phone calls, after their Republican opponents put their personal cell phone numbers on campaign mailings.

That's according to Minority House Leader Donna Lasinski.

She says it's happened in six highly competitive races, and it's getting worse as the election draws closer.

"I can't actually say on the radio the messages that have been received by my candidates, OUR candidates have had to notify local law enforcement of these messages."

A spokesman for the Michigan Republican Party said in a statement, quote, "we are utilizing publicly available information."

Lasinski says the Democrats who have been harassed are taking extra safety precautions.

Tracy Samilton covers the auto beat for Michigan Radio. She has worked for the station for 12 years, and started out as an intern before becoming a part-time and, later, a full-time reporter. Tracy's reports on the auto industry can frequently be heard on Morning Edition and All Things Considered, as well as on Michigan Radio. She considers her coverage of the landmark lawsuit against the University of Michigan for its use of affirmative action a highlight of her reporting career.