A little poking around discovered that Greason has done at least one of these “town hall” teleconferences before. But, here’s the clever bit: you don’t call him, he calls you. Lucky
donors constituents got a robo-call, inviting them to stay on the line to participate in a conference call with Greason. If that’s his method, it means he picks and chooses who gets to talk to him. The rest of us are locked out. Not only does that limit access to his hand-picked few, it virtually guarantees the outcome of any “polling” he does of his carefully constructed audience. If you get the call and value integrity, please stay on the line, then come tell us what he said and what he asked you. The results may be illuminating.
Yesterday, a couple of folks with a history of supporting Republicans contacted us to say that Tag Greason had robo-called them, promoting a “tele-town hall” meeting (you know, one of those massively-multiplayer conference calls where, if you pass the screeners, you get to ask a soft-ball question so a politician can pretend to be accessible, but in a secure location with the curtains closed). No one I would call “a known Democrat” has told us they got this call, so it’s a fair guess this “town hall” is a campaign event, not the constituent-outreach that many have complained for a long time is a missing piece of Tag Greason’s representation. But, what do you expect from a guy who gets his bills written for him at the secret meetings held by ALEC? (Not sure if that includes the bills he puts in to undo the bills he passed that ALEC wrote for him. It gets kind of hard to follow when a man is trying to please his masters, but avoid the blame when it all goes wrong.)
Actually, if the below is accurate, there’s no question that this is a campaign stunt:
That’s from one of those sites where you can report annoying automated or other phone calls you don’t want. Note the “Caller” is “Friends of Tag Greason.” Also note that the person called says they don’t live in Virginia. Makes you wonder if maybe Tag is reluctant to call his own constituents. Perhaps more likely is that this is a fund-raiser, to catch up for the fact that his challenger, Elizabeth Miller (my wife) raised two-and-one-half times as much as Tag did in the first quarter of this year. Considering that, in the same time, Tag’s cash-on-hand decreased by five-thousand dollars, and Elizabeth’s increased by fifteen-thousand dollars, he might be scrambling for cash wherever he can get it.
If anyone did get the number and time of this promotional event, please pass it along. I doubt we’ll donate, but we’re willing to listen to the ask.