April 26, 2016
Editor's note: This story was updated at 6:25 p.m.
In his re-election quest, U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah’s campaign released a minute-long, get-out-the-vote robocall on Tuesday featuring both City Councilwoman Cindy Bass and state Sen. Vincent Hughes urging support for the incumbent.
But the local supporters aren't what makes this robocall stand out. It's the quotes from President Barack Obama and former President Bill Clinton.
The Clinton quote comes from the GEAR UP bill signing some 18 years ago, while the Obama quote comes from 2014 and refers to the Fattah Neuroscience Initiative, which “has the potential to change so many lives.”
Granted, the presidential quotes weren’t offered with a primary day robocall in mind, but that’s what some voters in the 2nd Congressional District will hear today regardless.
In the hours since this story went live, a deputy press secretary told Politico that the White House "did not approve" of his voice being used in the call. We'll ask Fattah for comment at his post-election gathering in Center City this evening.
.@JFriedman44 on Fattah: "We have not endorsed a candidate in this race and did not approve of the president's voice being used in this ad."— Edward-Isaac Dovere (@IsaacDovere) April 26, 2016
The White House says it didn't sign off on an Election Day robocall featuring an old clip of Obama praising embattled Rep. Chaka Fattah.— Theodoric Meyer (@theodoricmeyer) April 26, 2016
You can listen to it below: