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cbarry Donating Member (3 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-19-06 07:32 AM
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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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  -The E-Mail I sent Nancy Skinner (Dem Candidate for 9th District, MI) IdaBriggs  Jun-16-06 01:30 PM   #0 
  - Hi, Ida  SharonRB   Jun-16-06 01:35 PM   #1 
  - That would be sweet! What will you be doing there?  IdaBriggs   Jun-16-06 01:41 PM   #2 
     - Yes, I've been volunteering on her campaign  SharonRB   Jun-16-06 01:50 PM   #3 
        - Yup. I really want to know where she stands on stuff.  IdaBriggs   Jun-16-06 02:10 PM   #4 
           - Hi Ida  skinner4congress   Jun-16-06 02:23 PM   #5 
              - Thank you, Amy. You can also print them out directly from here....  IdaBriggs   Jun-16-06 04:02 PM   #6 
              - Amy, Just Print them from here. Certainly you know how to copy and paste  bfealk   Jun-17-06 04:12 PM   #7 
  - Here's a better question:  Lefty48197   Jun-18-06 10:59 AM   #8 
  - Any word on when I should expect some answers?  IdaBriggs   Jun-19-06 11:56 AM   #9 
  - Ida....  SharonRB   Jun-19-06 12:17 PM   #10 
  - doh..  JordanLFW   Jun-19-06 12:26 PM   #12 
     - I hope my answer was okay with Nancy.  SharonRB   Jun-19-06 12:54 PM   #13 
        - It was a great answer -- it didn't offend me, and it reinforced that  IdaBriggs   Jun-19-06 01:18 PM   #15 
           - Thanks for your patience, Ida  SharonRB   Jun-19-06 01:24 PM   #16 
  - busy week  JordanLFW   Jun-19-06 12:24 PM   #11 
     - Sharon has already hit me up! (LOL!)  IdaBriggs   Jun-19-06 01:17 PM   #14 
        - I showed Nancy your questions  skinner4congress   Jun-19-06 01:52 PM   #17 
  - So, I'm kicking this, because I still want a response.  IdaBriggs   Jun-29-06 02:58 PM   #18 
  - Calm down Ida....  weeksbr1   Jun-29-06 03:08 PM   #19 
  - Actually, its been two, and I'm not throwing a fit (yet) -- just reminding  IdaBriggs   Jun-29-06 10:08 PM   #21 
     - Sorry...  weeksbr1   Jun-30-06 01:30 PM   #28 
        - No, no! Its okay! Your assumption was perfectly normal -- its *MY* life  IdaBriggs   Jun-30-06 01:59 PM   #29 
  - Ida  SharonRB   Jun-29-06 03:44 PM   #20 
     - I can certainly understand that -- see answer to weeksbr1! LOL!  IdaBriggs   Jun-29-06 10:12 PM   #22 
        - LOL -- probably TMI for a lot of people here, but you had already  SharonRB   Jun-30-06 09:44 AM   #23 
           - Thank you, Sharon. I was having "a moment" when I responded  IdaBriggs   Jun-30-06 10:22 AM   #24 
              - Your hubby seemed like a really nice guy when I met the two of you n/t  SharonRB   Jun-30-06 11:08 AM   #25 
                 - Thank you, again! He is! He is truly the most wonderful man on the planet!  IdaBriggs   Jun-30-06 11:16 AM   #26 
                    - Actually, now I don't think anyone is going to be in this weekend  SharonRB   Jun-30-06 11:24 AM   #27 
  - Its Thursday after a long holiday weekend. What do I need to do to  IdaBriggs   Jul-06-06 01:23 PM   #30 
  - Nancy's answers  skinner4congress   Jul-06-06 02:20 PM   #31 
  - Amy, I *did* visit the website, which is where I got the e-mail address.  IdaBriggs   Jul-06-06 03:08 PM   #33 
     - Ida, it's been a month, you're going to be disappointed...  weeksbr1   Jul-14-06 01:12 AM   #42 
        - Ah, but you are almost missing the point --  IdaBriggs   Jul-19-06 11:07 AM   #46 
  - I have family spread out all over the place  skipos   Jul-06-06 02:23 PM   #32 
     - Sigh. I get that. Its one of the reasons the Katrina response was so  IdaBriggs   Jul-06-06 03:12 PM   #34 
  - Here's the ONLY question that I DEMAND be answered by Nancy Skinner  Lefty48197   Jul-08-06 01:33 PM   #35 
  - You've got your answer on that one, Lefty!  SharonRB   Jul-08-06 02:44 PM   #36 
  - Time for the weekly kick. Close to four weeks w/No Response.  IdaBriggs   Jul-13-06 09:39 AM   #37 
  - Ida -- Nancy has a new campaign manager  SharonRB   Jul-13-06 10:04 AM   #38 
     - Yes, thank you Sharon  skinner4congress   Jul-13-06 01:55 PM   #39 
        - I'll call Daren, since I might be in Portland during the picnic.  IdaBriggs   Jul-13-06 03:49 PM   #40 
           - They're usually there until about 7, Ida.  SharonRB   Jul-13-06 05:33 PM   #41 
           - Did you get some answers?  cbarry   Jul-19-06 07:32 AM   #43 
              - Great answer and welcome to DU, cbarry  SharonRB   Jul-19-06 07:56 AM   #44 
              - Honestly, I got caught up in some personal medical stuff.  IdaBriggs   Jul-19-06 11:00 AM   #45 
              - Some just can't be answered on paper ..  cbarry   Jul-19-06 03:04 PM   #48 
                 - Exactly!  SharonRB   Jul-19-06 05:53 PM   #50 
              - That wouldn't work for me  bfealk   Jul-19-06 02:00 PM   #47 
                 - I would use canned responses & staff  cbarry   Jul-19-06 03:22 PM   #49 
  - Why don't we all send lists of inflammatory questions to N. Skinner  Lefty48197   Jul-20-06 11:50 PM   #51 
     - Do I detect a note of sarcasm? Or maybe frustration?  pwreid   Jul-22-06 11:10 PM   #52 
        - Randi loves Nancy  SharonRB   Jul-23-06 06:09 PM   #53 
 

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