COBB COUNTY, GA – While most of the attention in Georgia's Tuesday primary election was on bigger races like the U.S. Senate, a bizarre robocall has caused a lot of talking in a Cobb County state House race.
"It's dirty, sleazy politics at its worst," Marietta attorney and first time candidate Bert Reeves told 11 Alive News.
The GOP conservative was referring to a robocall endorsement supposedly from a pro-gender diversity group.
"Global Action for Trans Equality would like to endorse Bert Reeves for the seat of your next state House representative. Bert Reeves and his partner, Matt, have been well respected attorneys in Marietta for a long time. If elected, Bert Reeves will continue to stand for marriage equality and equal rights for all people," the call says.
Reeves, who has a girlfriend, blasted the call and whoever is behind it.
"This is the exact reason people can't stand politics and, honestly, it's why more good people don't get out and run for office," he told 11Alive.
Reeves is running against conservative incumbent Rep. Charles Gregory in the GOP primary for House District 34.
Gregory declined our request for an on camera interview, but sent us a statement denying any connection with the call and suggesting it actually came from Reeves' own supporters as a backhanded trick.
"No one in my campaign or anyone I am associated with has anything to do with it," Gregory wrote.
"This is a last minute juvenile attempt to discredit me and my campaign. It would not surprise me if certain groups formed in the last two months backing my opponent were behind this whole thing," he added.
"It's ridiculous that they would say that," challenger Reeves responded.
"This tactic is very much in line with a lot of the tactics they've used throughout this campaign and so while it's shocking, it doesn't surprise me," Reeves added.
Gregory also said he will file a complaint with the state ethics commission to find out who's really behind the call.
There is such a group as Global Action for Trans Equality. 11Alive tried to contact them to see if they knew anything about the call, but so far we've received no reply.