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Strickland’s camp: No time to yank robocall

Posted: May 27, 2014 4:38 p.m.
Updated: May 27, 2014 4:38 p.m.

Congressional candidate and former state Sen. Tony Strickland has drawn some criticism for a campaign robocall touting his pro-gun views and received by voters the day after a killing rampage in Isla Vista last Friday.

The Republican’s campaign call, which was recorded and posted on, touts Strickland as being a “longtime supporter of the rights of citizens to keep and bear arms” and pledges that he will “continue to oppose, and actively fight, any legislation that would take away our Second Amendment right to bear arms.”

Strickland’s campaign website includes virtually the same language, saying he would “continue to oppose and actively fight any legislation that would take away our (Second) Amendment right to bear arms.”

Evan Handy, a spokesman for Strickland’s campaign, said the robocall went out “mainly to gun owners or Second Amendment supporters” throughout the 25th Congressional District Strickland is vying to represent.

That district includes the Santa Clarita Valley, as well as portions of the Antelope and Simi valleys.

“We are incredibly saddened by what happened last Friday evening,” Handy said in a statement Tuesday. “Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families and victims of this tragedy.

“Our call was scheduled prior to Friday evening and was completed instantly on Saturday to a small universe of (Second) Amendment supporters,” he continued.

There was not enough time to cancel it before it went out, Handy said.

“By the time we had gotten back to the office and seen the news, we just didn’t have time,” he said Tuesday.

Elliot Rodger, a 22-year-old Santa Barbara City College student, went on a killing spree late Friday in Isla Vista, near the campus of the University of California, Santa Barbara, that left seven people dead, including himself, and 13 wounded.

During the rampage, Rodger killed three people at his apartment complex, shot and killed people on the street and ran down people with his car, according to law enforcement officials.

Strickland is one of eight men running in the 25th Congressional District to replace Rep. Howard “Buck” McKeon, who is retiring after this year.

The others are David Bruce, Troy Castagna, Steve Knight, Michael Mussack, Lee Rogers, Navraj Singh and Evan Thomas.
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BBennetts: Posted: May 27, 2014 5:10 p.m.

Isn't Strickland the guy that does not even live in our district? He lives out in Ventura somewhere. Isn't he the guy that ran for the Ventura district (and lost) and bashed LA County in his campaign ads? Isn't he the candidate that has taken campaign donations from Cemex? I guess this is another reason not to vote for him.

CastaicClay: Posted: May 27, 2014 5:53 p.m.

He is a part of the problem, a career politician.

LuLu: Posted: May 27, 2014 6:03 p.m.

I received a robo call from Tony Strickland on Thurs. It was all about gun rights & how he will protect them. I was surprised to get this call because I am not a republican..I called his office at 661-347-8155,the man who answered was very polite & said they didn't send out THAT robo call & they have no control over them,I knew he was incorrect & just said remove me from all your call list,he said he would & just yesterday I received one which seemed in such poor taste after the shootings not to mention I asked to be put on the Do Not Call lists..So already he shows what an insensitive human he is,anyone who votes for him should be ashamed...

SCgal: Posted: May 27, 2014 6:06 p.m.


TruthSquad: Posted: May 28, 2014 9:56 p.m.

Sorry, but I ain't buying it Strickland. That robo call was planned to shore up your right flank which is so important in the primary. I'm sure the call was planned before the tragedy, but Team Strickland made a conscience decision to go hard right since he's gotten zero traction with regular voters.

OldReliable: Posted: May 28, 2014 7:41 a.m.

Wondering why this article didn't include information about the three stabbing deaths and those injuries from the troubled young man's vehicle which he used as a weapon?

underwater: Posted: May 28, 2014 8:31 a.m.

oldreliable, that's because knifes and cars don't kill people. Guns do. Just ask any anti-gun nut!

Unreal: Posted: May 28, 2014 8:32 a.m.

OldReliable: Exactly! If people want to kill they will use guns, knives, bombs, poisoned Tylenol, strangling, cars. If all they have is a rock they will use that. How about the jawbone of an ass like the one Cain used to kill Abel?

People need to get over the knee jerk reaction to gun deaths. The Boston bombers killed and maimed many more with a bomb than a gun. This guy in Santa Barbara killed 3 with a gun 3 with a knife and wounded numerous others by running them down with his car.

The only thing that stopped him was the GUN police used on him causing him to crash, and then seeing no way out, to shoot himself. In this very story we see guns used for evil and good.

I am sick of all the robocalling. I am on the no call list and am still getting calls. I don't care who it is.

stray: Posted: May 28, 2014 11:32 a.m.

@Unreal - "I am on the no call list and am still getting calls"

So am I... In fact, ever since George Bush signed that into legislation, I immediately put my number on the "Do Not Call" list.

The robocalling ceased for a while (maybe a couple years) but it is now in full swing again. My extended family, one by one, has dis-connected their land-line phones. I'm close to doing that soon.

stray: Posted: May 28, 2014 11:45 a.m.

I will also point the finger at the phone company. THEY are the ones who profit off this! THEY are the company with the technology to disguise and BLOCK the ID of the company robocalling us! That should be illegal, but it is not... So, we'll continue to get a ton of hang-ups on our answering machines, or get the live robocaller if we pick up the phone.

Unreal: Posted: May 28, 2014 12:59 p.m.

I am so sick of the calls. A couple weeks ago I contacted Time Warner about the calls (my phone service) when I was up to 20 calls a day, some a minute apart.

I also again updated my phone agian on the no call list in case it slipped off.

I had a block put on so if the call comes from a blocked number they are notified I do not accept these calls. My friend had to call from her cell since her house number was blocked.

This helped about a week with calls down to about 2 or 3 a day.
Now I am back up to about 8-10.

I am about to cancel my house phone too and just use the cell.

stray: Posted: May 28, 2014 2:32 p.m.

Unfortunately, these calls are in numerical order. It doesn't matter if we have our numbers on the "Do Not Call" registry. Because these calls are performed in numerical order, the caller does not know or even care that you are on a "Do not Call" list. eg... if your phone number ends with the last four numbers 4567, the next robocall will go to 4568, then 4569, etc... It's automated. The only "safeguard" you have is when you "Block" ALL numbers. That way, the caller HAS TO ENTER their own phone number and display it on YOUR caller ID screen. But, no robocaller will enter their own number, so you won't hear your phone ring and be bothered by a telemarketer! :)

missyJk: Posted: May 28, 2014 5:07 p.m.

they get around these "do not call" lists by calling from out of the country no legal ramifications and they use "magic jack" which can alter your true phone number so again no ramifications for violating the "do not call" list i believe (not sure on this) that the ones doing the solar panels have a free pass since its something the government wants..i shut my ringer off the land line i use it for outgoing and my friends all have my cell but since i dont get a good signal i get it on the cell and dial out on the land line

scvforall: Posted: May 29, 2014 9:16 a.m.

No time, really? or was Mr. Strickland so busy on his love letters to Simi Valley that he "forgot" to turn it off. How insensitive can someone be. Not that he had my vote before, but now he's definitely a NO!

Unreal: Posted: May 29, 2014 9:34 a.m.

Yes solar calls, home repairs etc.

stray: Posted: May 29, 2014 1:15 p.m.

Exactly Unreal... I've had the same calls for both solar and home repairs... Non stop! Just this morning alone, I have had 5 hang ups where nobody will leave a message. I know it's telemarketing!

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