Congressman Did Not Approve Answering Machine Message
Taking campaign rules to an extreme, Rep. Fred Wayne of New Hampshire's 5th district apologized this week after learning that his daughter had recorded a message on the family's answering machine that he did not approve.
"I'm Fred Wayne and I did not approve this message," the congressman told reporters at a press conference in Concord on Thursday. He then played the message in which his 14-year-old daughter Heather sings a version of the 80s Blondie hit "Call Me" followed by instructions for the caller to leave a name and number at the sound of the tone.
"The song contains suggestive lyrics that are out of step with the family values message of my campaign," said Wayne. "I appreciate the wit that Heather was trying to get across, but she failed to have the message properly vetted. She has been duly reprimanded and barred from further use of the answering machine, except to replay incoming messages."
As of Friday, the Wayne family answering machine now plays a version of the 70s ELO hit "Telephone Line," brief instructions on leaving a message, followed by the congressman's voice saying "I'm Fred Wayne and I approved this message."