To be fair, I'm sure all the candidates with any serious money in their war chests are using some sort of telemarketing, too.
Unfortunately, nothing can protect you from these calls, not even the National Do Not Call Registry -- the registry doesn't apply to political candidates.
ADDENDUM (posted 3 February 2008)
Well, with Super Tuesday coming up, Mitt's started
telemarketing in Massachusetts. In the last week or so, I've received
three taped messages from Ann Romney asking me to vote for her husband. It's getting annoying.
Yes, I realize that career-wise I'm related to telemarketers. I don't care. I still hate them.
I crossed the line in the sand when telemarketers starting using so-called robots. You know, that's when you pick up the phone, say Hello and there's no one on the other line because the robot did the dialing and an actual human being has not yet gotten on the line to give you the spiel? If telemarketers can't be bothered to be on the line when I answer the phone, screw 'em.
Don't even get me started on the latest telemarketing abomination: the recording that tells you to stay on the line for an important message from the telemarketer.
So, here's an early holiday gift from me to you: two ways to get yourself off telemarketers' calling lists.
Growing up, there were eight words I dreaded hearing pass from my mother's lips: I would like to speak to the manager. The exchange that followed always made me cringe with discomfort.
I didn't inherit my mother's chutzpah -- this is a character flaw I've been trying for decades to correct -- but there may be hope for me yet thanks to NICE Systems.
It's kind of like a customer service mood ring.
NICE Systems has created a new emotion detection technology to be used during those customer service calls when the exchange is being recorded "for quality assurance purposes."
NICE's technology monitors the customer's voice; when the system detects frustration and/or anger, a manager is alerted who then comes on the line to intervene and resolve the matter to the customer's satisfaction.
This should resolve customers' problems more expeditiously. My mother would approve.