Have any of you received a “conference call” with a politician on the phone?Submitted by rpgray on Wed, 05/16/2012 - 08:46
Yesterday afternoon (May 15, 2012), I received a rather unusual phone call. I am used to campaign robo calls and the like. This was just a tad different. It was what was purported to be a “conference call” with Congressman Vern Buchanan that was already in progress. I am now thoroughly convinced it was prerecorded with voice actors. At the time I was about 87% convinced of this. But I stayed on and listened – partly out of fascination given this new tactic and partly because, on the off chance I was wrong, I was going to ask him why he voted for CISPA.
Here is what occurred. A voice came on the line that sounded like a cheezy game show voice actors voice that told me I was invited to participate in a conference call with Congressman Vern Buchanan.
The conference call was supposedly already in progress. After he supposedly finished answering that question the cheezy announcer voice said “Thank you Vern, now we have Bob from Venice”. And then Bob from Venice would say something like “Oh, thank you for the opportunity to speak with you” and then would ask the question. After that question would be answered cheezy voice man would again say “Thank you, Vern, now we have Suzie from Northport.” and the pattern was repeated several times.
If the calls were not genuine it tells me a great deal about what Vern Buchanan (or perhaps his campaign) thinks of his constituents. If the calls WERE genuine I fear for our country more than I ever have before.
One of the supposed calls was from a voice that asked “Yea, I want to know when we are going to stop buying stuff from China. Our own people need jobs.” The congressman answered in a “fatherly” voice that the caller has a good point and we need to do more to attract manufacturing in our country and play harder ball with China.
Another “call” was from a stereotypically grizzled male voice who claimed to be a Vietnam veteran who received a letter from the Congressman and read it in front of his veterans' organization and they call clapped.
Another call came from someone who read “news reports” that “We are selling OUR oil to OTHER COUNTRIES!!!!” Oh the horror. “We need it here.” The congressman answered this by saying the he supported more drilling and that he supported the Canadian pipeline project.
There are several reasons I am convinced this was prerecorded: 1. It was “too perfect”. Not one of the callers asked any tough questions, not one even mildly berated him for anything. 2. The cheezy game show announcer voice. 3. I was not given any instructions to punch a button if I wanted to participate. 4. It was “just the right length of time” for a telemarketing call and conveniently ended with cheezy announcer guy saying “I am afraid that is all the time we have now. The Congressman has been informed there will be a vote on the floor.”
Has anyone else had a call like this from a politician or political candidate?