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In which I annoy a campaign worker - Elizabeth Unexplained
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greyautumnrain
greyautumnrain
In which I annoy a campaign worker
So, I got a call yesterday, and actually picked up the home phone in case it was one of psychohist's gamers. The woman on the other end asked "Hello, is Mr. or Mrs. (lastname) there?" I admitted to being Mrs. psychoshist.

It turns out that the woman was working for Giuliani's campaign. She apologized for calling so early in the campaign and wanted to know if we would be interested in contributing. She did admit that it was psychohist's name she had down on her list, so I didn't immediately become annoyed because it wasn't immediately obvious that she was inclined to assume we shared the same politics. I explained to the nice woman that my darling husband actually thought it was a tad late for her candidate to be coming to him for money, but that he might in fact be interested in contributing, but I myself did not get involved with politicians. I was, however, trying to be cooperative, since Giulinai is both pro-choice and pro-smacking-people-who-need-to-be-smacked I consider him to be the lesser of a dozen or so evils. I did, however make it clear that any money would have to come from psychohist

What then ensued was a comedy of errors, or rather, poor campaign worker on a computer dialer who didn't have the means to deal with anything unusual. She started asking if she should call back. Being truthful, I told her that it would be better to send a letter. (I neglected to say 'We don't pick up the phone when we are playing Warcraft'.) She was happy to send him some mail, but the only mail it seemed she could send was a pledge envelope, which seemed to imply me essentially telling her we'd give X amount. There were several iterations of, "I think he's interested in contributing, but I am unable to make any commitment for him." Eventually I think she thought I might be being pressured into giving, or something because she asked to record, but declined to make any commitment, especially when she said the part about paying now by credit card. (Had she not been listening? I wasn't interested in contributing myself, I'd made that quite clear.) She finally gave up when I said on tape that I could not commit anything in my husbands name. Defeated, she asked if she could call back. Sure, whatever. Good luck with that.
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dcltdw From: dcltdw Date: July 19th, 2007 04:51 am (UTC) (Link)
pro-smacking-people-who-need-to-be-smacked

Out of curiosity, could you expand on this? I haven't been following the Republican candidates.

*snerk* One should not construe that I am following the non-Republican candidates, however. :)
greyautumnrain From: greyautumnrain Date: July 19th, 2007 12:06 pm (UTC) (Link)
Well, I have not been following things too closely either, but he does think that terrorism is still a major threat, wheras it seems some of the others are paying less attention to it. People seem to have gotten distracted form Al-queda and if they think of the situation at all only think of Iraq. I'm also rather frustrated with most of the Democratic candidates who think we should just pull out of Iraq. No matter what you think about how that mess got started, once we went in we aquired an obligation to clean up the mess, and in a country that is rife with tribalism and seems to be slipping towards having warlords you just can't do that without having people in there.
dcltdw From: dcltdw Date: July 19th, 2007 05:51 pm (UTC) (Link)
Interesting, thanks. :)
enugent From: enugent Date: July 19th, 2007 05:20 pm (UTC) (Link)
I've had good luck in these situations with just asking, "What's your organization's web address? I'll take a look at my leisure and see if it's something I want to contribute to." You could probably modify to suit, then give Warren the link, to use or throw away as he pleases.
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