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A reporter unwittingly left a voice mail for a GOP candidate. She was fired for what she said.

Nov 06, 2018 - Washington Post Blogs

The Monday afternoon call was innocuous at first.

Brenda Battel, a staff writer for the Huron Daily Tribune in rural Michigan, was seeking a chance to speak with Republican Senate candidate John James on Wednesday after the election.

Battel left a voice-mail message with the James campaign, and alerted it to a potential follow-up email to further discuss his campaign against Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D).

Then Battel hung up the phone - or so she believed, she later said.