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ELECTIONS: Not impressed by recorded campaign messages

Letter by Megan Lindholm, Tacoma on Aug. 12, 2010 at 11:11 am with 7 Comments »
August 12, 2010 11:11 am

The phone rings, right at dinner. It’s a recording.

“Hi! This is the Incumbent, calling to recommend that you vote for Handpicked Flunky this election. I’m recording this because I’m so busy, much too busy to talk to a pawn like you. Of course, this technique of having a recording call you lets you know right away that I regard my time as much more important than yours. I don’t have time to talk to you, but I assume you can halt your life and stand here with a phone to your ear and listen to me.

“You can expect more of the same when I’m elected. I’ll use the resources that you pay for, such as the phone you are holding and the phone line you pay for each month, for my own ends. After all, why shouldn’t I use your time, money and resources to promote myself instead of my own? Isn’t that what taxpayers are for?

“And you can expect me and Handpicked Flunky to be just as responsive to your questions and comments as this recording is right now; that is, expect us to do all the talking. You get to pay for it, and do all the listening.

“So, if you’ve enjoyed this experience, just vote for me and Handpicked Flunky come election day! And we promise we’ll deliver it to you.
So long!”

Why am I not impressed?

Leave a comment Comments → 7
  1. That was beautiful, Megan. Robo-callers don’t run for office, they ‘slime’ for it…

  2. ldozy1234 says:

    Best way to make me NOT vote for them is to use robocalls.
    Oh and using County Funds for “newsletters” at election times…………………

  3. Great letter Megan. You sure got it right

  4. Just hung up on one. And I’m not even in the candidate’s district! The “Do Not Call” list should apply to politicians too. And the Special Olympics from whom I received 2 or 3 calls a day from their boiler room a for over 2 weeks. Guess who is NOT on my giving list?

  5. nwcolorist says:

    The best secretary a person could want – the message machine on my desk. Screens my calls day and night, and hasn’t complained once yet.

    Megan, you get my vote for Letter of the Week.

  6. jandkgibbs says:

    I got a robo call yesterday from Mark Lindquist endorsing a candidate for judge. Its hard to learn about the race for judges and a Lindquist endorsement is appreciated to aid me in making the right decision. Get over it folks, it’s that time of the year. Be proud we live in American and have a democratic election process and we have a freedom of speech to debate our differences.

    Lets all not forget to be thankful we live in the USA.

  7. The recorded message has done it’s job, as long as that candidate’s name shows up on your caller ID.

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