Monday, March 13, 2006

I've got a question for you...

Later today we’ll be posting the responses to our candidate questionnaire; go here to read them. But here are some of the responses we got from some incumbent legislators. See if you can guess who sent them in:

A) “Recently I received your questionnaire for the March 2006 election. Currently, I have no primary opponent. I have enjoyed our working relationship since I was appointed to the General Assembly in December 2003. I hope to continue this relationship and I will be happy to fill out any future questionnaires for the 2006 general election.”

B) “Recently I received your questionnaire for the March 2006 election. Currently, I have no primary opponent. I have enjoyed our working relationship since I was appointed to the General Assembly in December 2003. I hope to continue this relationship and I will be happy to fill out any future questionnaires for the 2006 general election.”

C) “Recently I received your questionnaire for the March 2006 election. Currently, I have no primary opponent. I have enjoyed our working relationship since I was appointed to the General Assembly in [redacted] 2004. I hope to continue this relationship and I will be happy to fill out any future questionnaires for the 2006 general election.”

D) “I recently received your questionnaire for the March 2006 election. I have enjoyed our working relationship during my time as state representative and I hope to continue this relationship.

“Currently, I have no primary opponent. Please send me any future questionnaires for the 2006 general election and I will be happy to complete them.”

E) “I recently received your questionnaire for the March 2006 election. I have enjoyed our working relationship during my time as state representative and I hope to continue this relationship.

“Currently, I have no primary opponent. Please be sure to include me when you send questionnaires for the general election. I will be happy to complete it for the November election.”


Two things jump out from these – one that some candidates were apparently working from the same script when replying to questionnaires. But more importantly, it seems that some people think that incumbent legislators don’t have to answer questions; only candidates, and challenged candidates at that, do. It’s a shame that public officials aren’t more forthcoming with the public about where they stand on issues of the day.

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