Ted Lieu Thinks It's Okay To Make Illegal Robocalls
California State Senator Ted Lieu left me a long recorded message (coming from a California number) endorsing the awful candidate Janice Hahn for the congressional seat Jane Harmon is vacating. It's California law that any political robocall has to begin with a live person on the phone. His call for Janice Hahn did not include that live person. In other words, we have yet another lawmaker breaking the law.
As I wrote in I See Rude People, I do not pay a good deal of money every month to maintain a phone line so I can make telemarketers' (or political candidates') marketing costs cheaper. And my time is my own. You don't get to grab it by invading my life with your phone call. And no, I don't maintain a phone line so I can screen my calls, either.
Since Ted clearly thinks it's okay to steal my time and hijack my phone line, I'm sure he won't mind if a lot of people call him at home and tell him which political candidate they favor (or brand of coffee or deodorant). Here's what I just tweeted:
Did you get call w/recorded message from Ted Lieu endorsing (awful) Janice Hahn? Call Ted at home to tell him how you like that 310-373-0271.
I hope people do call him at home. Only by imposing a cost on these people who abuse us with impunity will they change their ways. You want to send me a political message? Send it to me on your dime, in a way that doesn't interrupt my life, by mailing me a letter.
Ted's call for Hahn that came when I was in Colorado Springs was number four of scummy Janice Hahn's robocalls. In the middle of a particularly tough deadline, on Tuesday, Janice Hahn's campaign made their third robocall to me. (This one from Lieu was the fourth.) On Tuesday, I called to demand her home number (a third time) from her campaign manager. He hasn't called me back. How scummy. She gets to abuse me repeatedly at home, but she gets to hide out from similarly being bothered at her home?
As for calling Hahn at home, I have a home number for her that is never answered. So...is it that she doesn't live in her district? One has to wonder. Since my calls are not answered, I can only speculate.
By the way, probably in order to deter me from calling her at home, they had her personally call me at home to apologize. But, it was an utterly insincere apology since she didn't say she'd stop stealing people's time and hijacking her phone lines. It was alos worthless since her campaign has continued to call me. Hahn also was clueless about the law regarding these political calls (how there has to be a live person on the line before the robocall comes on). And in general, from speaking to her, it was my impression that she was no bright light (the words I used when describing her after the call were "dumb as a ficus tree"). She actually seemed sort of surprised that I asked her pressing questions, and was ill-prepared to field them. If she really wanted the best for people in this district, she'd drop out of the race to "spend more time with (her) family."
One of her lame-ass opponents, Dan Adler, is no genius, either. A few weeks ago, he had a double-decker bus come to my neighborhood, at midnight, and 20 feet from residences, had rap music playing and somebody shouting on a microphone, "Vote for Dan Adler! Vote for Dan Adler!" (Breaking L.A. noise laws against amplified sound.) Yeah, I'll be voting for him already -- for asshole/idiot of the year. He'll surely tie with Janice Hahn.