Tenn. GOP changes voice mail system after series of prank voice mails

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- State Republican Party Chairman Robin Smith says the party has changed its voice mail after it was cluttered by long-winded messages left by pranksters.

Smith says the first time it happened someone ranted in what she called "a drunken stupor" for a half-hour.

Noting that the recordings included criticism of President Bush being declared the winner of the 2000 presidential election, Smith says the calls were probably from Democrats.

Democratic Party spokesman Wade Munday says there is no concentrated effort by his party to inundate the GOP's voice mail.

Munday says his party gets messages from drunken callers, too.

Information from: The Knoxville News Sentinel, http://www.knoxnews.com

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