Make your Legislator Commit!
1. Be politely professional, not friendly. You deserve definitive answers.
- Politicians want an “exchange between friends” with constituents because friends don’t demand definitive answers. Have a politely professional exchange instead. Politely demand the information you need (the same applies to car salesmen!).
2. Ask “yes” or “no” questions.
- Legislators will try to confuse you with details when answering open-ended questions.
- Ex. – “Will you be a ‘yes’ vote on defunding the remaining $39 million of our state tax dollars to Planned Parenthood?”
3. Trust your gut about whether you’ve gotten a good answer.
- You may get a good answer from the candidate, but to a slightly different question than you asked. These answers will seem okay to your brain, but your gut will tell you something is wrong. Trust your gut.
4. Repeat your question.
- Say, “I’m sorry but I’m not sure you answered my question exactly.” Then repeat your question. Do this as many times as it takes until your candidate takes a firm “yes”, “no”, or “I’m not taking a position at this time.”
- If the latter, politely say, “You make it hard to vote for you when you don’t take positions.”