Earlier this year I got a call from the National Republican Committee urging me to call my congressman Mike Michaud about something. I can’t remember the specific issue. Three things I found most amusing about this call:
- Michaud is pronounced Mish-yew, not Mish-ow;
- Rep. Michaud is not my representative; and
- As someone who used to be on the Maine Democratic Party payroll, I’m probably not going to do what the National Republican Committee tells me to do.
Good job targeting, clowns. At the time, I commented that their money was better spent that time they went to a bondage-themed strip club.
Fast forward to last night. I get a call from an unknown number during dinner, so I ignore it. Checking my voicemail later, it’s another robo call from the National Republican Committee! This time, they are urging me to call Mike Michaud and tell him not to side with Obama like he always does and to support an oil pipeline. The NRC has learned how to pronounce Mike Michaud’s name, but they still haven’t learned that I am not in his district, and that the only action I’ll take in response to their calls is to mock them via social media.
My friend Jon, also a Democratic operative, also a formerly on the Maine Dem payroll, answered the phone for this call. He, too, decided to chronicle his adventures via social media:
Just got a call from the National Republican Congressional Committee. They said that Mike Michaud “Is going to side with Obama, like he aways does, and vote against the Maine Oil Pipeline, and give that Oil to China instead of America” I called the number they gave me (they hung up on me three times) and finally got to talk to someone to ask them how the oil was going to get from Canada to anywhere, least of all China, if there was no pipeline. They told me that it was an environmental group that sent out the call. I said “Really? an environmental group that identifies itself as the Congressional Republican Committee is calling me to tell me to vote FOR an oil pipeline?” they agreed that was unlikely, and said it was the AARP. I asked to speak with his supervisor and he said he was the only one there. I said I could hear a whole room full of people in the background and he said that none of the low level staff were allowed to let callers talk to anyone in the office. I told him it sounded like an abusive work environment and that they should form a Union. then he hung up on me. So now I’m on hold again. I don’t know if I’m making any progress but it sure is fun!
Totally fun. Blaming the AARP!! Hilarious. Jon later added, “OK, so I finally convinced the poor low wage staffer to give me the name of his supervisor, (he didn’t even know what state Mike Michaud represents) “Britney Kurley” looks like she is an assistant in the communications department, extension for NRCC Communications dept is 7070 instead of 7000.” If anyone else wants to get in on this fun, the number for the NRCC Communications department is 202-479-7070.