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DeKalb County political runoff features false robocall

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The heat is on in one of the most contested races in metro Atlanta. Incumbent Sharon Barnes Sutton sent out a campaign mailer calling her opponent, Steve Bradshaw, a fraud just two weeks before their runoff election for the District 4 Commission seat in DeKalb County.

“I think it’s ridiculous. It’s one more sign of desperation as far as I’m concerned,” Bradshaw said. “I regard all of these tactics, antics as acts of desperation. I got more votes in the primary and I’m sure that was a shock to my opponent’s system.”

Barnes Sutton blasted Bradshaw for voting for John McCain in the Republican primary 16 years ago. Congressman Hank Johnson endorsed Barnes Sutton and made a robocall which included false statements about Bradshaw. 

"Hello this is Congressman Hank Johnson. You may have recently received a phone call from me. The call was released without my authorization and included erroneous information which I now understand was not true." - U.S. Rep. Hank Johnson

The congressman’s staff had to push out a second robocall correcting the error.

“In the call I inferred that Steve Bradshaw supported Republican John McCain over President Barack Obama. This statement was false and I deeply regret the error.”  - U.S. Rep. Hank Johnson

Johnson’s people said they were provided a script with the false claim, which we’ve learned came from Barnes Sutton.

“Obviously there’s a disconnect between what she’s stating and what reality is,” Bradshaw said.

Barnes Sutton said the congressman changed her robocall script. Whatever the case, Bradshaw said the voters will decide who’s best for the county on election day.

“The sense I get from my constituents that I hear over and over again is that they want change, they want change. And what I say in my meetings repeatedly is there won’t be any change until there’s a leadership change,” Bradshaw said.

Barnes Sutton told CBS46 she was in meetings all day conducting county business and didn't have time to discuss the runoff on camera. That said, she supports Congressman Hank Johnson's decision to correct the initial campaign call which was inaccurate.

Election day is July 26.

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