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cbarry Donating Member (3 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-19-06 08:32 AM
Response to Reply #40
43. Did you get some answers?
Did you get to talk to anyone at Nancy's office?

They are all good questions Ida but to be honest, if I were the candidate, I would definitely have a staffer respond to you, rather than do so myself. In fact it would probably be a letter of canned responses to each topic, with my name signed by a staffer. I probably would not even see it or your questions. (though I would hope my staffer would respond within a few days)

I certainly would not let myself get mired down in the specifics that you asked ... not so much because the answers I gave would cost me votes, but because they would cost me time. When dealing with voters, once you say something like "I will do xyz specifically" then you get nailed with all the other voters who jump in and say "why?" "how?" "it can't be done." It never ends. While that dialog may seem to be good for the voters, it actually eats away the time and resources of the candidate. By the time I would've answered all of your questions and dealt with the inevitable follow up questions, I could've knocked on dozens of doors or been on the phone raising money. However, if I met you somewhere at a function, or door-to-door, I would have no problem talking to you with that level of detail. It might take some more time than just sticking to talking points, but it would be time better spent than answering all of your questions in a letter.

That's not to suggest that Nancy takes that approach, and by the way I am not affiliated with her campaign in any way, so my opinion shouldn't reflect negatively on her. I am just saying that if you get a staffer on the phone to fully discuss your questions, I think you are getting alot. Especially since you appear to be likely to vote for her anyway; or at least unlikely to vote for her opponent. I don't have any idea how Nancy's campaign deals with this kind of thing ... this is just how I would handle a letter like that, based on my experience as a campaign volunteer and congressional staffer.

cheers, cb
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