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Spin Control

Wonder what he really thinks about Stuckart

Politicians are no strangers to angry voice mail.

But the profanity-laced message left anonymously for Spokane City Council President Ben Stuckart following Monday night's contentious showdown over his immigration positions is described by his chief aide as one of the craziest.

The foul-mouthed caller, who reportedly had blocked his ID and phone number, calls Stuckart a cop-hating communist and compares him to New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, promising to launch a campaign to require that the council president be referred to only as Ben de Blasio from now on.

Stuckart's aide, Adam McDaniel, uploaded the voice mail to YouTube and added photos of actor Steve Buscemi portraying the character Crazy Eyes from the 2002 Adam Sandler film "Mr. Deeds," which shuffle around the screen as the audio plays.

Stuckart sponsored a proposal that was approved by the council last year prohibiting Spokane police officers from asking people about their immigration status. A repeal effort is underway that has the support of the county's Republican Party leadership, which helped organize Monday night's city council showdown.

David Wasson oversees coverage of politics and state and local government and assists with editing on the City Desk.

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