I just love it when a campaign volunteer knocks on my door. It’s even better than having a Jeanette Rishell phonebanking call and answer “absolutely not” when they ask whether Jeanette can count on my support.
Just a moment ago, a volunteer for Senator Chuck Colgan knocked on my door looking for my wife while we were cleaning up after dinner, and wanted to talk to her about Chuck’s campaign. I was happy to talk to him and ask him a few questions about Chuck Colgan. I wish I could have videotaped it, as it was pretty classic.
I asked what Chuck Colgan’s position was on illegal aliens, and got the standard response about enforcing the laws we already have and cracking down on employers. I asked him whether Chuck Colgan would call on Governor Kaine to enroll the state police and corrections department in the Section 287(g) Program, which would allow illegal aliens to be deported after they’ve completed their sentences rather than be let back into our community. He didn’t even know what that was. I asked him about Chuck Colgan’s previous vote to allow illegal aliens to obtain in-state tuition rates in state universities, and he didn’t know about that, either. This guy, while very nice, didn’t seem to know about a whole lot that I was interested in.
He then handed me a flier about Colgan, and I went through it with him. There’s stuff about day care centers. There’s stuff about making stalking a crime. There’s stuff on there about the 234 bypass, education spending increases and battered wives. But there’s not a single word about illegal aliens. Not one. I laid into this guy about this, and he admitted that he’s been hearing a lot about this in the community and in his opinion, it was probably the number one issue in this area.
He said he’d take what he’s learned back to the Colgan campaign and let them know what’s actually going on here. That’s awfully nice. With the election 38 days away, Chuck Colgan is going to finally figure out what his constituents care about? Where the heck has he been all these years while he’s been utterly ineffective on this issue? Even though he used to live in this precinct, he sure seems to have a bit of a disconnect with what the voters are concerned about.
Someday these campaigns are going to figure out what’s going on in these neighborhoods, and whose doors are better left un-knocked. I’m stunned that Colgan’s people would send a poorly trained volunteer to knock on my door so he could be subjected to my questioning. Don’t they know this neighborhood at all?
Thankfully, I’d already eaten dinner, and wasn’t that hungry.
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