Karen Dillon of Wirtz calls them “bleeping robocalls.” The fourth or fifth of the afternoon leave a normally courteous Theresa Bell of Roanoke cursing like a sailor. Elena DeRosa, who lives in Roanoke County, is so fed up she’s considering cancelling her landline.
That would save her $70 per month, she said. Robocalls “are the only calls that come in on it, anyway,” she told me Thursday.
Consider them victims of the political season. For those who care about politics it’s both fun and heady to live in a swing state that may determine this nation’s next president. But a price we Virginians have to pay for that is blizzards of robocalls for the next five weeks.
Eight of these infuriating intrusions rang my old-fashioned landline Thursday afternoon and evening. One was from Crossroads GPS, the Karl Rove-founded “independent” outfit that’s supporting the George Allen for Senate campaign. Another came from Senate hopeful Tim Kaine’s campaign, or somebody supporting him.
A third was a robocall poll from a company named Independent Voter Research. That outfit has been calling a least once a week. sometimes more. They get no useful information out of the Casey household.
Another was a live person, wondering whether Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli or Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling would be the best nominee for governor next year. Really? That’s like asking someone to choose the best-tasting poison.
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