The hot topic on the local community email list is the proliferation of Gabrieli robocalls. Some woman about stem cells, people are complaining. All they know is that their phone, or voicemail, was locked up for 60 seconds for a Gabrieli commercial.
The commercial, of course, references the Healey ads. Nobody was bashing Healey, but people really don’t like robocalls. So, the Healey ad had no impact on these voters, but the automated phone calls in response to the Healey ad sure had a negative impact.
I can’t say that I blame them. I got the same stem cell ad TWICE. On my cell phone! Within 90 minutes of each other.
With apologies to Rube Goldberg. Healey (a) launches negative ad (b) attacking Gabrieli (c) on Friday before Democratic Primary (d). Gabrieli, offended (e), spends money (f) on a phone service (g) that calls every enrolled Democrat (h) or unenrolled voter (i) in the state. Voters (h and i) become offended (j) and move toward Deval Patrick (k), Tom Reilly (l), or stay home on Tuesday (m). Gabrieli (c) has nothing (n) to show for the effort.