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Candidate calls for apology after home number emailed out by opponent

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State House District 45 candidate Lt. Col. Courtney Rogers claimed she got a scary call after opponent Rep. Debra Maggart sent out her personal home phone number in a campaign email.

"I'm a little amazed that someone who wants to run for office and wants to work for the people would have a problem with the people being able to get in contact with her," Maggart said.

It all started when Maggart sent out an email titled, "Why is Courtney Rogers lying to you," defending her stance on gun rights and ending with a phone number for Rogers. Rogers claimed the number in the email was an unlisted home number.

According to a Goodlettsville police report, someone left a message on Rogers' answering machine claiming the devil is going to get her and her family for running a dirty campaign.

In a press release, Rogers demanded an apology from Maggart. 

"That's the phone number my opponent provided on all the campaign documents that were filed with the state of Tennessee," Maggart replied. "That's open record, and she put that down as the contact for her campaign."

Rogers said that's true, but she only used the number when her campaign started up and it was never on her campaign literature. Rogers released a statement reading, "Sending out emails to hundreds of people asking them to call my unlisted home telephone number to complain about my supposed lying about her is over the line."

"I am delighted for people to have my phone number," Maggart said. "I put my cell phone number on everything that I send out, and I love it when my constituents call me. She might want to think it through before she gets upset with people calling her on that number."

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