Note from Dan: I’m dedicating this column to Frank, the regular poster here who inspired it with a comment on this thread Monday.
Hopefully none of you readers would ever consider voting me into Congress. That’s because I’m no legislator. I’m largely a wiseacre and provocateur.
Part of my job is to raise questions that are on readers’ minds. Sometimes they’re serious. Other times they’re tricky. Occasionally they’re loaded ones.
It’s with that in mind that I took a gander at a recent seven-question survey sent out by Rep. Morgan Griffith, R-Salem. It was relayed to me by one of his 9th Congressional District constituents, Jon Halberstadt of Christiansburg.
“To help me make the right choice for you and your family in 2013, I need to know where you stand,” Griffith writes in the document.
In reading the questions, you realize that statement is full of baloney. Almost all of the questions are rigged seemingly to elicit answers Griffith wants to hear.
This is what Griffith told me, through a spokeswoman:
“I reviewed the entire mailer, including the questions. The questionnaire has two purposes: 1) to get constituents involved who don’t normally communicate with my office to voice their opinions, and 2) to stimulate discussion.”
In what follows we’ll address the questions one by one, and do some reframing.
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