Monday, July 17, 2006

A Few Questions for Garrett

So, in relation to my last post on Garrett's ridiculous vote on the Voting Rights Act Reauthorization, I called Garrett's office today to ask him a few questions. Here is the transcript of my conversation:
Garrett Intern: Congressman Garrett's office!

Me: Hi, my name is Adam and I'm a constituent in the Congressman's district, and I have a few questions for him regarding his vote on Thursday against the reauthorization of the Voting Rights Act.

Garrett Intern: Well, if you give us your name and address, we can send you a letter explaining the Congressman's position.

Me: Well, actually, I have a few questions I'd like to ask over the phone, just to make sure they're answered and there are quite a few of them, so I'd like to make sure they get through.

Garrett Intern: Well you can go to our website, "" and send us the questions through there (I'm not kidding, the intern actually said "http://").

Me: Well, I'd actually just like to ask them now, to make sure you guys get them. So, I was wondering if you could just write these questions down. Would the congressman have voted for the 13th, 14th, and 15th amendments to the Constitution? Would he have supported the Supreme Court majority in the following cases, Brown v. Board of Education in 1954, Loving v. Virginia in 1967, Dred Scott v. Sanford in 1857, and Plessy v. Ferguson in 1896? And would the Congressman have voted for the Voting Rights Act in 1965 or the Civil Rights Act in 1964? If you could just get answers to all of these questions, that would be great.

Garrett Intern: What is your name and address, sir?

Me: (I gave my address, but I'm not gonna give it out here.)

Garrett Intern: We'll be responding to you as soon as possible, sir. Have a nice day.

Me: Thanks.
I'll be waiting for a reply, and I'll keep you all posted.


Sidd Finch said...

I'm sure Ernie will send you a nice letter. Not with any answers, mind you, but a nice letter none the less. Kind of like the one I got when I asked if our representative would be supporting proposed ethics rule changes. (Considering the fact that he received money from, and always voted with, Mr. DeLay, I knew the answer, anyway.)

Anonymous said...

Every time I've written to Garrett via his website, I get an answer that has nothing to do with the question. Usually typical Republican talking points.

As a matter of fact, once I wrote to complain about it and the response I received was about gun control.

Don't be surprised if the answer you get back has nothing to do with the question.

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