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This couldn’t have come on a worse day. Just as campaigns are trying to squeeze out some more cash from their supporters before today’s filing deadline, the Gray camp has fallen prey to a prank caller. According to the press release:

“The Vince Gray For Mayor telephone numbers have been hijacked by someone who has masked their telephone number identification with the campaign’s number.This person is making prank calls to residents. Hundreds of residents have called into the campaign office, complaining that someone is contacting them from the campaign and hanging up. Verizon security control and the Metropolitan Police Department have been notified of the calls, and authorities are seeking to identify the person or persons responsible. We ask that anyone who receives these calls to contact Verizon security control at 1-800-483-6922.”

Gray Campaign Spokesperson Traci Hughes tells Loose Lips that the crank caller has yet to even speak to residents. “They’re not saying anything,” she says. “As soon as the person picks up, they hang up.” She says campaign headquarters has received hundreds of complaints since 5:15 p.m.: “The phones have been ringing off the hook.”

Hughes says Metropolitan Police Department officers are on the scene at Gray’s headquarters.

*photo courtesy of MTV.