In a previous election here in Georgia, I voted against Jim Whitehead for our district's representative in Washington, D.C. Whitehead is probably a fine man; but his constant phone calls to potential voters in which he affected a country boy drawl highlighting an assumed level of close friendship with the late Charles Norwood was a distinct "turn off."
He lost my vote - not because he was unqualified for the position he sought, but because his constant phone calls were a rude interruption (in several situations) of showers, meals, naps, etc.
Along comes Paul Broun! My vote for him was against Whitehead, admittedly not a good motive for a vote. Broun is blatantly outdoing Whitehead's former system of intrusion into the daily life of the citizenry.
"This is Paul Broun" he announces at the onset of his unwelcome interruption of my evening meal. Maybe his message should begin with, "This is a recording of Paul Broun, and I want to interrupt your evening meal with this important message, which I have recorded as I am currently busy dining at one of Washington, D.C.'s fine restaurants where my meal will not be interrupted."
Newspapers, the Internet, television and mailings provide more information than I really want to know about any candidate, but they are all rightfully available to the potential voter.
Broun has already lost my upcoming vote - not because he's stupid, but because he thinks we are.
Gene L. Rickaby
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