What A Bunch Of Malarky: NH Biden Write-in Effort Hit With Fake Call

Former NHDP chair’s cell number released in fake robocall. Plus: SEA/SEIU 1984 says, vote your conscience; voters have 43 choices Tuesday.

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CONCORD, NH — It was only a matter of time: Artificial intelligence has now entered the realm of political dirty tricks.

On Sunday night, some voters in the state were hit with a fake dirty tricks robocall featuring the altered voice of President Joe Biden recommending voters skip the primary on Tuesday and, instead, save their votes for the general election. NBC News posted audio of the call online, linked here.


“What a bunch of malarky,” the recording stated. “It is important that you save your vote for the general election. Voting this Tuesday only enables the Republicans to elect Donald Trump again. Your vote makes a difference in November, not this Tuesday.”

At the end of the call, the personal cellphone number of Kathy Sullivan, the former chairwoman of the New Hampshire Democratic Party and a former member of the state’s Ballot Law Commission, was given out.

Sullivan, in a statement Monday morning, called the calls “outright election interference” and an attempt to “harass me and other New Hampshire voters who are planning to write-in Joe Biden on Tuesday.” She blamed “anti-democratic forces” who were “terrified” by the energy of “this grassroots movement to stop Donald Trump.” Voters, though, Sullivan said, would not be undermined.

“I am alerting law enforcement and will be filing a formal complaint with the New Hampshire Attorney General today,” she said. “We will insist on a full investigation of this criminal behavior and make sure everyone involved is brought to justice … These dirty tricks will not stop us from exercising our civic duty, instead they have only reinforced our resolve to write-in Joe Biden and stop Donald Trump on Tuesday.”

Biden is not on the ballot in New Hampshire. The candidate, with the help of the Democratic National Committee, chose to skip both the Iowa Caucuses and New Hampshire’s first-in-the-nation presidential primary because voters in both states were too white.

Aaron Jacobs, a spokesperson for the write-in effort, said they, too, would be referring the matter to law enforcement to “determine who is responsible and bring them to justice.” He believed voters would respond, instead, by showing up to the polls “and making clear that we won’t be intimidated by these dirty tricks.”

Despite Sullivan’s claims, voters who choose to write Biden in the Democrat’s primary will not “stop Trump,” since the former president is on the Republican primary ballot.

No Endorsement From State Employees

The SEA/SEIU 1984, one of the largest unions in the state, is not offering an endorsement for the primary.

Instead, Rich Gulla, the union’s president, suggested members and voters vote their conscience.

“For over a century, New Hampshire has proudly held the position of hosting the first primary, weathering political storms along the way,” he said. “Tomorrow, as we continue this tradition, we count on your commitment to our shared civic duty and to our country. We thank everyone for their dedication to New Hampshire and to the traditions and principles of our democracy.”

Gulla said members would continue to contribute to the future of America and the union appreciated everyone’s “dedication to New Hampshire and commend your commitment to our process.”

SEA/SEIU 1984 endorsed U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders in both 2016 and 2020.

43 Candidates On The Ballot

As has been the tradition for more than 100 years, anyone who is over 35, born in the United States, and has $1,000 can sign up to run in New Hampshire’s first-in-the-nation primary.

And this year, 43 candidates are on the ballot.

Along with Trump and former governor Nikki Haley, Ryan Binkley, a pastor and businessman from Texas, is still actively campaigning. The candidate received less than 1 percent of the vote during the Republican Iowa Caucuses, placing fifth.

After Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis dropped out, Binkley said while it was a disappointing day for his supporters, “I ask that they consider our message and campaign as an alternative.” Binkley added, “We need new leadership in this country to overcome the serious challenges we face. I will bring that leadership to the people of our great nation.”

While many Democrats and undeclareds are considering writing in Biden, both U.S. Rep. Dean Phillips and Marianne Williamson continue to campaign in the state, hoping for an upset victory on Tuesday.

Laconia Mayor Andrew Hosmer, a former state Senator, endorsed Williamson on Monday morning. He joins state Reps. Maria Perez of Milford and Jonah Wheeler of Peterborough, as well as former Rep. Robin Vogt of Dover, back the self-help guru and activist.

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