I received an e-mail this morning from former Plano City Council candidate Justin Nichols, a gay Republican. Nichols said he received a robo call yesterday from Gov. Rick Perry’s re-election campaign, and he’s uploaded the audio to YouTube, which I’ve reposted above.

“With the president making homosexuality a protected class by signing the hate crimes bill, and Congress poised to vote on socialized health care, do you feel it is critical for more people to earnestly pray for our leaders? If yes, press 1. If no, press 2,” the woman’s voice on the robo call states.

Nichols said that unfortunately he wasn’t home to receive the call, so he was unable to find out what happens if you press 1 or 2. But that’s probably a good thing because I’m assuming that if you press 2, your telephone will explode. In any case, Nichols says he’ll be supporting Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison in the Republican gubernatorial primary against Perry in March.

The robo call goes on to talk about Perry’s upcoming appearance at a Nov. 23 luncheon sponsored by the Heritage Alliance and East-West Ministries. The call says those who attend the luncheon will receive free calendars so they can pray daily for their leaders, and directs them to the Web site www.txpray.com. According to the Web site, the luncheon will be at the Westin Galleria .

I’ve put a call in to the Perry campaign to find out whether they’re willing to take responsibility for this call, but I suspect that they will claim they had nothing to do with it and blame it on the Heritage Alliance. Where have we heard that before?

UPDATE: Mark Miner, a spokesman for the Perry campaign, denies that the campaign is responsible for the calls.

“We have nothing to do with those calls at all,” Miner told me. “I had not heard about it until somebody saw your posting.”

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