Like many Westporters, over the past few months I’ve noticed a dramatic increase in unwanted phone calls.
I’ve put every number I own on the national Do Not Call registry. Of course, charities and telephone surveys are exempt, as are calls from companies with which I have “an existing business relationship,” plus those to whom I’ve provided “express agreement in writing to receive their calls.” (That last phrase probably means I did not uncheck a box deep on some website.)
Also exempt: “political organizations.”
As we head into election season — then again, when are we not in an election season? — the robo-calls come. And come. And come some more.
The other day, an “06880” reader wrote:
I have been trying since January to get the Shays campaign to stop contacting me. I have reached out to to his campaign manager and publicity person. They say they will look into it, or remove me. Yet I still get the calls and email.
They are so blinded with their objectives, they either don’t care or are incapable of fulfilling my request. I have yet to speak with a single person who is okay with it (unless they are a politician).
A colleague is running for State Senate elsewhere in Connecticut. I tried to explain the logic against robo calls. While he understands it, he won’t stop.
As for yard signs: I suggested he take that money and give it to a charity such as Habitat for Humanity or Connecticut Hospice, and promote that fact to voters. He does agree it’s hard to see how people can call themselves “fiscally responsible,” but spend $50 million AND lose. Imagine if Ms. McMahon spent “only” $25 million, and gave the other $25 million to charity.
As always, I vote based on the number of yard signs rather than issues. (I’m joking.)
Unfortunately, robo calls and yard signs have become arms races.
And no candidate wants to be seen as soft on that issue.