In the interest of encouraging our sclerotic commonwealth government to entertain the revolutionary idea of allowing us a meaningful vote for president, I have been contacting various legislators on the issue. Here is a report:
Representative Carole Rubley – R: She is my representative in the General Assembly. Initially against moving up our primary, as we both thought a Feb. 5 primary date would make candidates try and secure signatures to get on the primary ballot during the holidays. Turns out moving our primary to Feb. 5 would make that period run from election day to Black Friday instead. When informed of this, she said she could be persuaded to support such an initiative.
Senator Andy Dinniman – D: My state senator. Have called three times, and sent three e-mails. Cannot be bothered to express his opinion, or his staff is incompetent. Not sure which. Given the fact I am actually one of his constituents, and given the responsiveness of Representative Rubley, I find this somewhat shocking. I hear local conservatives may have their eye on making his ejection a priority in 2008. He has done a good job here of making sure I join them. It’s one thing to disagree with me. It is quite another to outright ignore a constituent. You heard it hear first: He will be looking for a different job in a couple of years. I actually think I know who might take it…
Representative Matt Baker – R: The GOP chair on the State Government Committee. To my initial inquiry, said he would respond via snail-mail. This got my hackles up a little, as it felt like a brush-off. I said the issue wasn’t that complicated, so why couldn’t he tell me his stand via e-mail?
He countered it was indeed complicated, as the school boards and party apparatus are against it. I explained how we could bifurcate the primary for the school boards, and this would not be all that expensive. For example, this year only a single school board invoked Act 1’s tax referendum. I also explained the move would not mean getting signatures during Christmas and Chanukah. He has yet to respond further.
Representative Babbette Josephs – D: The democrat (hence majority) chair on the State Government Committee. Her office remains silent. I only contacted her twice, though, so her unresponsiveness is not as egregious as Dinniman’s, especially since I am not her constituent.
Please let me know how any of you are doing with your inquiries. I want to cast a meaningful vote for president, and mean to do my best to make it happen. I hope some of you can join me. This is, after all, only about the most important function of representative democracy. One would think a little thing like that would be something people can get behind.