Hello again, folks.
A couple of evenings ago I was BCCed on an e-mail that was sent to Rep. Charles Taylor's campaign headquarters. I asked him if he would mind my sharing it with the online community, and this morning he agreed, on the stipulation that his name be withheld. The following is quoted verbatim; I added superscript for footnoting purposes:
To whom it may concern:
My wife and I are helping take care of my nephew, and he was awakened by our telephone at approximately 9:03 PM this evening.¹ The "caller" was, in fact, an automated message from your campaign. This is upsetting because not only is it extremely difficult for my nephew to get back to sleep, but this call came up "Unknown" on my Caller ID. This is ironic, because if I recall correctly earlier this year, in June, Congressman Taylor was opposed to these exact kinds of phone calls, according to his "Capitol Connection" e-mail newsletter.²
Just so you are aware, I am planning on filing a complaint with the Federal Election Commission. In the meantime, you might want to consider adjusting the time that your automated phone messages harass the Congressman's constituents.
Thanks for ruining our evening.
¹ I received one of these same calls on my landline that same evening, sometime around 9:30 pm. The basic message of the recording was that Charles Taylor is strong on immigration reform, that his opponent, Heath Shuler, is weak, and that Taylor is in cahoots with Rep. Tom "Bomb Mecca" Tancredo. As far as I'm concerned, even if you agree with the recorded message, anytime after 8:00 pm is a little late for unsolicited phone calls. (Does anyone know what the law is concerning this? If so, either leave it in the comments or e-mail me at sorrycharlie at taylorsucks dot org, and I'll be sure to edit this with an update.)
² I'm a subscriber to Charles Taylor's "Capitol Connection" e-mail as well - it's the whole "know your enemy" thing, I guess - and while the letter writer does make reference to a newsletter dated 6/5/2006 (full text of that e-mail here), Taylor's March 7th newsletter (full text here) uses the exact same opening paragraph, but expands on it rather significantly:
Over the last few months, thousands of families in Western North Carolina have had their phone lines, answering machines and voicemails flooded with unsolicited political messages. Most often, these calls briefly mention the name of the sponsoring organization – but never give their own phone number or other contact information – and then proceed to deliver an attack on my voting record. These intrusive messages are the work of so-called “527” organizations, named for the section of federal tax law that regulates them.
I believe it is well past time that these unwanted recorded phone messages were stopped. That is why I have become a cosponsor of H.R. 1950, the Robo Calls Off Phones Act. This legislation will extend the National Do-Not-Call Registry to apply to recorded political phone messages. Western North Carolinians who choose not to receive calls from telemarketers should have the same right to decline these politically-oriented recorded messages.
So, essentially Taylor is telling his constituents in not so many words that he opposes unsolicited automated phone messages... unless they're from his own re-election campaign!
A family having their evening ruined by a late-night campaign call isn't really that damaging in the grand scheme of things, but it's further proof that Taylor really does not care about the welfare of his constituents, and yet another example, among many, of why we need to get rid of this prick in November.
Be sure to e-mail his campaign at email@example.com and ask them why they harass voters at unreasonable hours of the night. Call Taylor's office at (828) 251-1988; be sure to ask whoever answers the phone (hopefully it's Deborah Potter. We've taken quite a liking to her over the last several months) whether or not Taylor still supports H.R. 1950, and if the Congressman realizes that engaging in the exact behavior that he publicly decried back in March makes him a hypocrite and a liar.
Thanks for reading this far,
Lyle C. Rashorta