BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - If you were startled out of your sleep by a 3 a.m. text message on Thursday, Sept. 26, you’re not alone.
The Jeff Landry for Attorney General re-election campaign is investigating why its political text message arrived on some people’s phones in the middle of the night by mistake.
The text message touted Landry’s work to create a law protecting health insurance for certain Louisiana residents.
A spokesman for the Landry campaign says the messages were supposed to be sent out during a more appropriate hour, but a glitch caused “an unknown percentage” of the messages to be delivered overnight.
“The texts were sent yesterday afternoon and a service provider appears to have had a glitch, causing an unknown percentage of people to get them in error after hours,” a Landry campaign spokesman said.
The Louisiana Democratic Party responded to the erroneous texts, saying:
“This morning, Louisianians received a rude awakening. First, when Jeff Landry woke us up with a 3 a.m. campaign text; then, when we saw that he’s still lying about his fight to rip healthcare away from 800,000 Louisianians,” Stephen Handwerk, Executive Director of the Louisiana Democratic Party said. “The truth is, a last resort bill to save your healthcare wouldn’t even be necessary were it not for his lawsuit to rip away protections for pre-existing conditions. Today, the people of Louisiana are tired of him using his office for partisan political fights, tired of our healthcare being in danger, and after his 3 a.m. wake up call – just tired.
Louisiana is ready for an Attorney General who works for us, protects our healthcare, and uses the office to represent the people, not for partisan political fights. Ike Jackson is that candidate.”
Many who posted screenshots of the text messages online received them between 3 and 4 a.m. Thursday.
The political messages are legal to send to voters if a human is actually typing in each text message one-by-one and they are not being sent randomly by a computer. The process is known as peer-to-peer texting.
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) was asked nearly 18 months ago to rule on the legality of these types of texts, but has yet to do so.
The Landry campaign says new text messages will be sent out Thursday, during waking hours, that will include an apology for the apparent glitch.