Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Silver Spring News 'N Notes

- Add another name to my list of anti-endorsements based on leaving me voice mail messages: Peter Franchot.

- Everyone wants to work in Silver Spring:

...the transformation of Silver Spring continues. Five years ago, Silver Spring had the highest vacancy rate in the county. Today, it has the lowest vacancy rate, about 4 percent
- Silver Spring native and (former) NBA player Lonny Baxter was arrested last night after allegedly firing a pistol out the window of his SUV near the White House. Real bright.

In other bad news for Silver Spring athletes, the Redskins' Shawn "Silver" Springs will miss 3-6 weeks after surgery.


Anonymous said...

Personally, I have no objection to those kinds of calls if they are made by a live person. To me that shows they really support the candidate and I find that impressive. But the recorded calls are another story altogether.

Anonymous said...

I think if you did a bit more research you could come up with better reasons not to vote for someone besides voicemails.

Kate from Silver Spring said...

It amazes me that in an area as progressive as ours, people decide who NOT to vote for based on the actions (err--rather location) of their campaign volunteers. Pathetic! What happened to the issues?

Nate said...

Well, Kate, it amazes me that people take casual, snarky comments on a non-political blog so seriously.

Besides, if I'm not mistaken we're not talking about campaign volunteers here, actual people calling homes and leaving messages when they don't find anyone at home. We're talking about automated calling, where the machine plays the same canned message whether you pick up or not. Frankly, choosing not to vote for candidates based on their decision to use aggressively annoying advertising techniques strikes me as entirely valid. How else will we get them to stop doing it?

Sligo said...

Yes, I am talking about the pre-recorded messages. Unfortunately, the do-not-call registry entry for my new number doesn't kick in for a couple more weeks so I will continue to get multiple messages each day.

Nate said...

Hate to be the bearer of bad tidings, but my understanding is that the Do Not Call list specifically does not cover political calls. You'll get less telemarketing over all, but it won't have an impact on the candidate messages.

Anonymous said...

You're absolutely right, Nate.

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