AP supporter receives alleged Kenney endorsement from Mandel impersonator

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The Alberta Party is calling for an investigation after a supporter allegedly received a fake message of endorsement of UCP Leader Jason Kenney from a Stephen Mandel impersonator.

Ardrossan resident Bob Wispinski told CTV News he received a robocall at his home Saturday evening that left him angry.

“It said, ‘Hi, I’m Stephen Mandel of the Alberta Party and as you all know, we’re having an election on Tuesday, and if you believe in Alberta, Jason Kenney has all the answers,’” Wispinski recalled.

He said the caller promised Kenney would deliver on the pipeline.

“At the end, it said, ‘I’m Stephen Mandel and I support Jason Kenney of the UCP.’”

He said the voice sounded just like the Alberta Party leader’s.

“Whoever did it did a good job.”

When Wispinski called the number back, he said he connected with a private resident who appeared to have no knowledge of the robocall.

He then alerted the party’s Fort Saskatchewan-Vegreville candidate, who he knows personally and who alerted Mandel and Strathcona-Sherwood Park candidate Dave Quest.

Mandel called the alleged message “the thing that broke the camel’s back” in a campaign already characterized by attacks by the parties.

“It’s gotten to the point where these kinds of points become justifiable because of the nastiness of these campaigns,” Mandel said.

The party said it doesn’t have an idea of who is behind the alleged robocall, but that it would be submitting complaints to RCMP and Elections Alberta.

“We just want this stuff to stop. There’s two days left in the campaign. Maybe for two days we can be civil,” Mandel told CTV News.

“There has to be some sense that as politicians, we have respect for one another. And you might not like what some people stand for, and that’s your choice, but say it in a way that’s somewhat respectful.”

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