Friday, October 24, 2008

DISCUSSION: IN A CLOSE RACE - WHY WOULD YOU USE A CAMPAIGN TACTIC THAT ANNOYS VOTERS?

Congress exempted "political" robo calls from the Do-Not-Call list.

Figures, doesn't it.

Actions like these give politicians such a good name with the general public.

"What is good for the goose, is not good for the gander" with politicos who make our laws and rules.

Moving on. It probably is a "pretty close call" for campaigns in determining whether or not to make political robo calls. Why? Because it is a growing reaction that voters may vote against candidates who use robo.

The campaign of Celeste DeHoff has made the decision to make "robo calls."

The star attraction? Stark County Democratic Party chairman Johnnie A. Maier, Jr.

Perhaps the STARK COUNTY POLITICAL REPORT (The Report) should encourage Maier to abandon the robo calls. No, no - not because they are annoying to some voters.

Maybe Maier ought to make "live" calls to 50th District Ohio House voters. The Report knows Maier well. He is so well endowed with personality that live calls would have manifold return for his candidate.

Others who know Maier well will identify the sarcasm reeking The Report's previous paragraph.

The Report has heard a number of comments over the years noting Maier's often used scowling, bordering on hostility, person-to-person manner.

So The Report takes its advice back. Robo calls are the perfect medium for Maier to use for his candidate.

Question: How do you react to robo calls? Do they help the candidate, hurt the candidate or make no difference one way or the other?

3 comments:

John said...
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Anonymous said...

Actually, the reason why political were exempted was because campaigns use phone numbers provided by boards of elections. Any voter registration form is a public document, so a phone number provided on a form is public also. While I agree that robocalls are detrimental to a campaign and would never use them, putting political phone calls onto the Do Not Call registry would deprive campaigns of a basic grassroot effort that is fundamental is modern American democracy.

Anonymous said...

My immediate reaction to robo calls is to quickly hang up.If they continue to call me afterwards, it if anything encourges me not to vote for them..