The unregistered group “Women of the 99 Percent” has continued to place anti-Rush Limbaugh robocalls in battleground districts. Yesterday, the district in question was in Ohio, and it targeted Wadsworth Republican congressman Jim Renacci, The Cleveland Plain-Dealer reports. According to the Plain-Dealer:
National Republican Congressional Committee spokeswoman Andrea Bozek said new calls from the group began appearing on answering machines today, prompting several constituent complaints to the Federal Communications Commission …
In the new call, a female voice says that “Rush Limbaugh Republicans are not backing away from their anti-woman” politics, claims Renacci wants to empower others to “deny women access to birth control coverage,” and says Renacci refuses to “denounce Rush Limbaugh’s vicious attacks on women.”
It concludes by saying: “We are the women of the 99 percent, and we won’t be silent anymore.”
This, of course, is false. Renacci has said he does not condone Limbaugh’s statements on Fluke – and Limbaugh himself has apologized for the language he used. But the coordinated media and campaign strategy continues.
This is perhaps the most disturbing part of the anti-Limbaugh assault: it is an obvious strategy designed and implemented by governmental liberals, while utilizing non-governmental and unaffiliated groups as its front groups. It’s clear that this story is no longer about Rush’s language regarding Sandra Fluke – it’s about a manufactured outrage that can be used to sink Republican candidates, as well as conservative media outlets.
The FCC must investigate these robocalls as soon as possible. If they do not, their credibility as an independent agency of the federal government should rightly fall into question, as should the motives of FCC Chairman and Obama campaign stalwart Julius Genachowski.