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