Thursday, June 30, 2011

More on Rick Scott's Robocall Fail

The robocalls are actually making Gov. Rick Scott more unpopular. Shaun Dakin thinks the strategy is unsound.

"I can't imagine that it's working for him," said Shaun Dakin, founder of the Washington-based National Political Do Not Contact Registry.

"The evidence shows that robocalls just turn people off and make people angry."

Dakin's group, which tracks the use of political robocalls, says these calls are frequently used as last-ditch efforts during the run-up to an election - and that Scott may be the first elected official who is using the campaign tactic as a general communication tool during non-election times.

"It's not a good sign," Dakin said. "It's bound to make him even more unpopular than he already is."

The feedback from voters has mostly been negative.

Other complainants wrote of getting five calls from Scott in a three-hour period, or not getting beyond a recorded message when trying to complain.

"I am no longer a Republican. Switched to Independent," one commenter wrote. "If they think that harassing me is going to get me to switch back, they are nuts."

Howard Schneider, 85, of Palm Beach Gardens, another independent, complained to the do-not-call registry.

"I saw that there were certain exceptions to the list," Schneider said. "And that politicians were part of it, but this is just plain advertising. It's not like he's asking you to do something. I'd hate to think that everybody can do this. What can we do to get politicians on the do-not-call list?"

Elected officials are not part of the do not call registry. No elected politician ever thought of phone spamming people after an election. Rick Scott is the first. The robocalls started in May and are getting more aggressive. My question is was the robocalls Brian Burgess' idea?



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