Posted on : 02-11-2008 | By : Frank Eliason | In : Politics
Views expressed here are my own and not representative of my employer!
I have to admit I am not a fan of most politicians on either side of the aisle. Mainly because they are career politicians that strive to look out for their interests and not those that they serve. I have yet to hear a politician that was honest enough to admit that about themselves. They normally say that about others they are running against, but the case can be made against them too.
In the past week I have had calls from both sides of the aisle encouraging me to vote for their candidate. I have even had recorded calls from my local politician Patrick Murphy encouraging me to vote. Each of these calls seem to come at inopportune times, such as when I am putting the kids down for a nap or dinner. If they understood those they served they would have included political calls in the Do Not Call legislation. Even if that was not done they could think to scrub their list against the Do Not Call Registry prior to doing it. I am half tempted to not vote for the group calling, unfortunately it is both sides. Does this frustrate you too?
Another interesting marketing technique I have seen this year is post cards and letters that look like they are from individuals encouraging me to vote for a candidate based on their reasons for selecting them. They are interesting because they have the look of being personally written and they even include the return address of the sender. I should check if it is even a real return address and a real person. Probably not that important and I probably threw them out. Does this mean they are sharing my address? I doubt it because they are probably mass produced, but wouldn’t that be inappropriate sharing of personal information?
I do want to encourage everyone to vote on Tuesday based on the candidates that you think are best. I am looking forward to the political season to be over, but I do think it is important for everyone to vote.