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SLO County District Attorney launches investigation after offensive robocalls go out to voters

SAN LUIS OBISPO COUNTY, Calif. - The San Luis Obispo County District Attorney's Office is asking for the public's help to locate the source of a number of offensive robocalls made in regards to a County Supervisor's race.

The robocalls were sent out to multiple houses throughout the county; the topic being the race for San Luis Obispo County District 3 Supervisor, a contentious race between incumbent Adam Hill and his opponent, Stacy Korsgaden.

The call purports to be funded by the Ku Klux Klan and attempts to slander Stacy Korsgaden while attempting to frame Hill as sharing the ideals of the racist group.

"Back in the day, the Knights of the Ku Klux Klan awarded my granddaddy the Heroes Cross. I'm here to say you need to vote for County Supervisor Adam Hill," the call says. The call continues to make derogatory comments regarding Korsgaden's sexuality; Korsgaden is openly gay.

The call touches on numerous other topics and cites previous controversies involving Hill.

Both campaigns deny having anything to do with the suspicious calls.

Hill, apparently believing that the call was made in bad faith in order to attack his character, called the the robocalls very ugly and offensive to "anyone with a conscience."

"Sadly, after a week’s worth of sleazy hate mailers sent by my opponent, nothing surprises me. If you wonder how low some people will go to attack someone they don’t agree with or like, you can stop wondering. Haters justify everything. However, I will not breathe from their bubble of poison and will keep running our issues-based campaign to the end."

Supervisor Adam Hill on Facebook

His opponent reiterated that her campaign had nothing to do with the robocalls and said the calls were made in an attempt to divide the community.

"Supposedly from the KKK, it was made in such a way to appear like a backhanded support for my opponent but was critical of both Adam Hill and me.

This hateful call left few groups unscathed and has no place in political discourse or our modern society. Any hate or expression of prejudice based on race, religion, and sexual orientation is unacceptable."

Statement from Stacy Korsgaden, Candidate for Supervisor

Korsgaden's statement did not leave Hill unscathed, however. Korsgaden says Hill's behavior is abusive and acknowledged that her team has made it a point of emphasis in her campaign.

"The fact is Adam Hill's bullying, intimidating, and abusive behavior is all well documented in the media and my campaign has made it a major issue in this race. I have met hundreds of people who have told me that they have felt 'afraid', 'bullied', 'misrepresented', and 'intimidated' by his behavior. I can also say the same."

Statement from Stacy Korsgaden, Candidate for Supervisor

The San Luis Obispo County District Attorney's Office is investigating the source of these calls. Anyone with information about the calls is asked to contact the Chief of Investigations at 805-781-5800.

Crime / Local Politics

Travis Schlepp

Travis Schlepp is the Digital Content Director for KEYT | KCOY | KKFX.