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Elections worker's phone message mocks Al Gore

January 13, 2001

Elections worker's phone message mocks Al Gore



By SCOTT BUTKI / Staff Writer


The answering machine at the home of Lowell Younker, co-chairman of Hancock's Board of Supervisors of Elections, contains a message mocking Vice President Al Gore.

Younker will be among those supervising the town's Jan. 29 nonpartisan election. He has been on the board since about 1987 and became co-chairman last year.

In the message, Younker does a takeoff on Gore. Few people know it, Younker says, but he invented the answering machine. He also says he invented the voting process.

He ends the message by saying that Republicans who find the message amusing should leave their phone numbers.

"If you are a Democrat and were offended but not too ticked off just leave your name ... and just as sure as Republicans are honest I'll give you a call back," he said.

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Hancock Mayor Daniel Murphy said he had not heard the message but noted that town elections are nonpartisan so he doesn't think it is a problem.

Younker, who owns the Bridge Restaurant, said Wednesday he has done nothing wrong.

"It's my phone. I pay the bill on it. It's not a business or a town phone. So it ain't like it's an election board thing, as long as whatever I do on it isn't offensive or vulgar," he said.

The phone is the only way for people to leave messages for him, unless they catch him when he's at home, he said.

Most people who deal with him have a sense of humor, he said.

The Herald-Mail received an anonymous complaint about the message last week.

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