A note arrives this sleepy Friday from our colleague Dennis Roddy:
"It appears I am not the only one to receive a Sweet Micky robocall from Haiti. Alas, I appear to be one of the few not to flee the premises upon receiving it. Attached, please find an account from The Miami Herald detailing why Fort Bragg was emptied, possibly while its soldiers contemplated how to vote in the event we re-invade Haiti."
Just when we finally stopped getting recorded calls from Esther, Gov.-elect Rick Scott's mother, now this. Anyone who ever placed a call to Haiti was targeted for automated ''robo-calls'' from Michel ''Sweet Micky'' Martelly, a candidate for the presidency of the quake-ravaged nation.
Martelly screams in Creole, urging the Haitian diaspora to support the tet kale! -- bald-headed one -- who is No. 8 on the ballot in the Nov. 28 election.
His urgent plea even caused the evacuation of Fort Bragg Army base last week. They thought it was a bomb threat.
''Why, is it the first phone call they get, they want to evacuate as if the calls are going to scare America?'' Martelly said, adding that he has no knowledge of the calls.
''I'm in the streets talking to the people. I'm making people hear my concerns, and I am getting more and more popular everyday,'' he said. ''I don't know anything. I don't know who is doing the financing, who is doing the marketing.''
But Martelly, whose campaign has also been using SMS text messaging in the United States to get people to convince family and friends back in Haiti to vote for him in Sunday's election, said it's a good idea.
''This is technology; we are using technology,'' he said. ''Robo-calls is not the problem. It's the solution.''
Robert Maguire, a Haiti expert at Trinity University in Washington, D.C., called it ''smart politics, smart campaigning.''
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