How Robo Mitt Romney Nearly Killed Me

When my phone was tied up, I blamed the Mitt Man!

Mitt’s Robo Calls:  Prior to Missouri's Republican caucuses on Saturday, I got a robo phone call from Mitt Romney supporters, blasting Rick Santorum.

I hung up and then a couple seconds later tried to use the phone to make a call.

The recorded Romney message was still yakking. I hung up again, and picked up the phone 15 or 20 seconds later. (Yes, I have a landline phone.)

The pitch was still going—instead of a dial tone. (Yes, I still have a landline phone.) It included sound bites of Santorum. 

What if I had to call 9-1-1 and couldn’t use my phone? What if it was a life or death situation? What if I was simply expecting a very important phone call, and my line was blocked by the Romney people?

Making robo-calls that don’t disconnect is illegal. However, it is so hard to track down a back-room robo-call operation, that many of these people just ignore the law.

An hour later, I was stepping out of the shower when the phone rang.

Off I dashed to answer it, fortunately without slipping or falling, and it was a robo call from John Ashcroft asking me to support Mitt Romney. 

When I hung up on the former governor and picked back up, this time there was a dial tone on my landline.

Thankfully, if I had slipped, fallen and hurt myself, I could have at least called 9-1-1.

When I returned from walking my dogs, I had a robo call on my answering machine from Sen. Roy Blunt, urging me to attend a Republican caucus, and support Mitt.

Two hours passed, and I got the fourth and final robo call—again asking for my support for Mitt. Four robo calls in five hours? They must think I’m a slow learner.

Now, I don't know if I could ever vote for a guy whose organization seems to be serial telephone harassers. No other candidates called me.

So I almost went to a caucus—just to vote for a Ron Paul delegate.

Sensible? I think so March 22, 2012 at 12:33 AM
I got 5 Romney robocalls on Friday. None of them had a valid caller ID ("Private Caller" isn't). I believe that violates Federal law. In any case, it is very inconsiderate. Sen. Feinstein proposed legislation last summer that limits political robocalls to two a day, among other restrictions. One of the incidents cited was a robocall advising voters to bring their registration card and proof of home ownership to vote on a Wednesday, one day after the real election. While I'm not a fan of more laws, if these children can't play fair and square, that's what we'll get.
Jean Whitney March 22, 2012 at 12:36 AM
Wow! That sounds like a real violation


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