Have you ever accidentally left a message on someone's voicemail? It can be quite embarrassing, especially if you don't realize your every word is being captured. This is the situation that Fred Clark, a Democratic Wisconsin state assemblyman, recently found himself in while making campaign calls.
Unfortunately for Clark -- who can be heard on a voicemail recording saying that he'd like to "smack around" a female constituent -- he is in the midst of an electoral battle. The press he's receiving following his unintended blip is certaintly coming at the wrong time. The Baraboo News Republic has more:
Clark, who is challenging Sen. Luther Olsen, R-Ripon, in a recall election, was making campaign calls last week when he reached the Baraboo home of Sue and John Stapelman.
The answering machine took the call at first, but Sue Stapelman then picked up. The machine's tape kept recording.
After Clark introduced himself, he told Sue Stapelman that he was challenging Olsen in the upcoming recall election.
Stapelman responded: "Yeah, and isn't that a crime."
She then hung up on Clark, but her answering machine kept the line open and continued recording.
After a brief pause, he can be heard saying the following to a campaign staffer: "OK. I feel like calling her back and smackin' her around."
Following the incident, Clark apologized, saying:
"In a moment of frustration after a discouraging phone conversation last week, I made a clearly inappropriate comment to my campaign staffer after the call.
I understand the statement was completely inappropriate under any circumstance and I want to apologize. I am deeply sorry for any distress this incident my have caused for Ms. Stapelman or anyone in her family."
Listen to a recording of the accidental message below: