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GOP congressional candidate Phil Rizzo. (Photo: Phil Rizzo).

Rizzo faces FCC complaint for after-midnight robocall

GOP congressional candidate made robocalls at 12:14 AM

By David Wildstein, April 20 2022 3:50 pm

A 12:14 AM robocall from Republican congressional candidate Phil Rizzo has left at least one resident of New Jersey’s 7th district infuriated.

“It is midnight,” said Caitlin, whose last name is being withheld by the New Jersey Globe to protect her privacy.  “Why the fuck is the NJ GOP leaving me transphobic voicemails?”

The robocall offers a message, seemingly in Rizzo’s voice, attacking the front-runner in the race, former Senate Minority Leader Thomas Kean, Jr.

The incoming call was made from a Madison number.  When the New Jersey Globe called that number, there was no answer.  But a text message came back immediately: “Hi, this is Phil Rizzo for Congress campaign.  We saw we just missed your call.  How can I help?

The New Jersey Globe responded with a question: “Did you make calls just after midnight today?”  There was no response.

Caitlin said she has filed a complaint with the Federal Communications Commission.

“I’ve been plagued with these political campaign texts and calls, specifically from GOP candidates for years.  I’m not a registered Republican and a staunch left voter, so I think it’s odd that I get these a lot,” Caitlin said.  “But the Phil Rizzo call because of the voicemail content being transphobic was the last straw for me.”

Rizzo’s robocall fails to identify who is paying for the call.  That’s something required by the FCC.

“Political campaign-related autodialed or prerecorded voice calls, including autodialed live calls, autodialed texts, and prerecorded voice messages, are prohibited to cell phones, pagers or other mobile devices without the called party’s prior express consent,” the FCC states on their website.

There have been unconfirmed reports of other calls from Rizzo in the early morning hours today.

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