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Forum Post: Have you tried to contact your congressperson recently?

Posted 5 years ago on Jan. 18, 2013, 8:20 p.m. EST by zippyhorn (-5)
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Here's the pattern (regardless of party).

Call. Get an intern on the phone who can't seem to speak clearly into the mouthpiece.

Ask to speak with a staffer concerning X. Be told they're all in a "meeting" regardless of when you call. Be asked to leave you name and address, and you'll never hear from them again. Lather, rinse, repeat.

Don't believe me? Try it yourself. Dial 202-224-3121 and ask for your representative.

Goooooood luck, you'll need it.



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[-] 1 points by Theeighthpieceuv8 (-32) from Seven Sisters, Wales 5 years ago

I don't have a Congressman; I have never voted for any of my current representatives.

[-] 1 points by peacehurricane (293) 5 years ago

One more reason to prepare for elections, all of you good lookers to the forefront. There has got to be a few you can put on the charm. When contact is made at least assure them they will not be re-elected!

[-] 1 points by TrevorMnemonic (5827) 5 years ago

All the time. Only one of them has ever responded, one time, and it was a printed letter with a stamp signature that had nothing to do with my question, and was obviously not from my senator, instead from someone in the office.

[-] 2 points by Gillian (1842) 5 years ago

I once received a letter from my local rep telling me that she ( like me) was opposed to CAFTA and was going to vote against it for the same reasons that I opposed it. So, the day of the vote, I checked the roll call and votes and she never even voted, never attended the session. I was so ticked that I decided to stand outside our post office and show everyone her letter to me and a copy of the votes. hahahha

[-] 1 points by TrevorMnemonic (5827) 5 years ago

ha that's awesome.

[-] 1 points by bensdad (8977) 5 years ago

Voter - representative interaction is CRITICAL
It is the only way to overcome the 1% money that drowns out the 99%
we get the amendment


[-] 1 points by zippyhorn (-5) 5 years ago

You aren't getting it. Forget "pledges", twitter, facebook, email, blogs, internet, telephone, etc.

The only way is to go down to DC in person to the House and Senate office buildings or your representative/senator's office in your state and go talk to a staffer or a representative politely IN PERSON. The buildings are open to the public. Their offices are open to the public. You just have to go and speak to them IN PERSON.

Forget everything else. Got it?

[-] 1 points by Gillian (1842) 5 years ago

Yes, yes. This is exactly what they do.
I've managed to get appointments before but they never show up.

My girlfriend was successful and she did this by organizing a group of about 6 people to meet with Congressman Bobby Scott. They videotaped the conference. Maybe if you could get more people it would help??? Just a thought.