Dirty Politics

By: Caroline Brady
By: Caroline Brady

It's perfectly legal for a political candidate to conduct a poll or survey to collect information for their campaign, that is, if they follow all the rules.

But it looks like someone is doing a little research that could put them in the political hot seat.

Fred Lindholm says he's shocked and dismayed by a phone call he received Wednesday night.

"A nice older woman asked if I would be willing to participate in a survey that would take about 30 seconds,” Lindholm says.

The voice on the phone asked how Lindholm felt about the relocation of the Bay County Airport, the National Rifle Association, and abortion.

Finally, the woman asked Lindholm what candidate he planned to vote for in the District 6 State House race.

"And then she said, how would I feel that Jimmy Patronis was going contrary to Governor Bush's feeling about gay marriage? And I said what is this all about?" explains Lindholm.

The caller only identified themselves as Advantage Research.

Jimmy Patronis heard about the calls through family and friends.

He says there's nothing to do but move forward.

In order to perform legal phone polling, a candidate must file paperwork through the State Division of Elections.

However, no candidate in District 6 has registered for any type of phone polling campaign.

Pollsters are required to tell the person on the other end of the line that they are conducting the survey for a particular candidate.

According to Lindholm and others we spoke to, it didn't happen.


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