Like many of you, I occasionally (actually a lot more than just occasionally since The One took over) have cause to email my representatives about current issues. Also like many of you, I have the extreme misfortune of having Kay Hagan as one of my Senators.
I’d like to send Kay Hagan an email saying something to the effect of “I know you’re ‘transitioning into your new role’ in the US Senate and all, but at what point are you going to remember who it is you represent?”
I imagine her response would go something like this:
“hey there constituent, thanks for writing me! As you know, I’ve been spending my time here in Washington voting the party line, including voting for passage of the stimulus bill (did I read it? Of course not, silly, nobody did!) and generally doing whatever I can to make sure that the President views me favorably in case, you know, he ever finds himself looking for a new wife or something. But anyway I do want you to know that even though I could care less about your concerns, I do read each and every email constituents such as yourself send me. Thanks for writing!”
But, of course, that won’t happen. However, I do know what her answer will be all the same, because she seems to have only one answer to any question or comment you may send her way.
I have personally emailed her office four times since January of this year. Each of my emails was responded to after a ridiculous length of time – average turnaround time has been a whopping two months – with the following canned non-response:
I wanted to take a moment to thank you for contacting me to share your thoughts and opinions. Since taking office, I have received an overwhelming number of calls and emails from North Carolinians like you who are ready to take an active part in our government. I appreciate each and every call and email. With our country facing some of its toughest challenges in a generation, your phone calls and messages are an important factor guiding my work here in Washington. Please be assured that we will get back to you as soon as possible regarding your specific concern.
I would like to take this opportunity to share my website with you. Please visit http://Hagan.Senate.Gov to find contact information for my offices and to stay updated as my new state offices open. You can also find information there about what I’ve been doing in North Carolina and Washington. It is an honor to serve as your United States Senator, and I appreciate your patience as I transition into this new role. I sincerely hope you will not hesitate to contact me at any time to share your concerns and voice your opinions on our country’s most pressing issues.
Kay R. Hagan
United States Senator, North Carolina
OK, I realize she can’t personally respond to each and every email she receives, especially on issues like the shamulus bill, over which I’m sure she was getting slammed with email. However, the above is the exact email she’s been replying with for months, which might lead one to ask, well, just how long is it going to take her to ‘transition into this new role” and start paying attention to the concerns of her constituents?
A friend of mine, similarly frustrated with our do-nothing senator’s non-responses, sent her the following:
I’ve sent two or three e-mails regarding several issues and get canned replies indicating that your office is overwhelmed and that you’re transitioning into your new role. My question is whether or not any e-mails are actually read and if I should continue to spend the time expressing my concerns.
Predictably, he received the exact same canned response.
It’s bad enough that she has been on the wrong side of every single major issue that has crossed her desks in the months since she’s taken office, but she doesn’t even pretend to read, or even have someone in her office read, any correspondence addressed to her.
This woman is useless.
As a quick reminder, Kay Hagan:
- Voted for (without first reading or understanding) The $787 billion Stimulus Bill HR1
- Voted for the $6 billion GIVE act HR 1388
- Voted for the unconstitutional Washington DC Voting Act S 160
- Voted for yhe 8000+ earmark Omnibus Spending Bill HR1105
- Voted against an amendment to HR1105 that would have extend the highly successful E-verify program in the Omnibus bill, thereby further facilitating North Carolina and the Nation’s illegal immigration problem, and illustrating once again her great love for North Carolina’s illegal alien population even as her home state’s unemployment rate skyrockets.
- Supports ‘card check’ which, contrary to what she may think or want you to think, as well as being contrary to her ‘pro-worker’ rhetoric, is all about empowering the union at the expense of the worker.
…and on and on it goes.
Hagan should take note of NC State Senator Neil Hunt, who not only gives contextually relevant replies to his constituents emails, but also appears to do so personally.
Have I said ’2014 can’t get here soon enough’ yet?