Following bchriste80's mention of a call to the Hayes camp, I myself got sick of the lie-filled mailers when I checked my mail today to find yet another mailer alleging that Larry Kissell is running a negative campaign. So, I called the number found on Hayes' congressional website only to get redirected to the number found on his campaign website. After that was settled, I started with the mailer from today (as recalled to the best of my memory of the last thirty minutes):
Me: So, regarding today's flier, it says that Mr. Kissell was fined by the FEC, but what for exactly?
Staffer: For filing his campaign finances late.
Me: Is that something that I, as a voter, need to be concerned with?
Staffer: Ever since this campaign started, Mr. Kissell has had one responsibility and that was to file his finances on time.
Excuse, me but I thought that it was the duty of the candidate to inform the voters on their stances and why they deserve to be elected or re-elected. Apparently the Hayes camp doesn't get that since on Mr. Hayes' website, there are no positions on any issues to be found. This is in amazing contrast to Larry's website, which has plenty of positions on the issues.
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The flier from today also mentioned how Larry is "wrong on prescription drugs." It doesn't say why he's wrong, just that he is. So:
Me: The flier I received today says that Mr. Kissell is wrong on prescription drugs, but on the AARP's website, it seems that the AARP sides with Mr. Kissell on every issue, so why is Mr. Kissell wrong?
Staffer: The mailer is mentioning that Mr. Kissell called the Medicare Prescription Plan B Drug Plan a waste.
Me: Then why exactly does it seem that the AARP sides with Mr. Kissell? And what are Mr. Hayes' positions on prescription drugs? He supports the Plan B?
He wasn't too talkative, apparently. However, it is true that Larry and the AARP agree yet Robin's opinions are no where to be found... hmm...
Next up was jobs since the staffer asked me what my main concerns were for this election and I chose the topic for which Robin is about to get kicked out of office for.
Me: Didn't Mr. Hayes support CAFTA?
Staffer: Yes, he did.
Me: And didn't CAFTA hurt the eighth district's jobs?
Staffer: No, CAFTA helped place restrictions on China's textile imports.
Me: I thought that CAFTA was the Central American Free Trade Agreement, what does that have to do with China?
Staffer: Mr. Hayes was able to negotiate, I think, 33 trade restrictions on China when he voted for CAFTA.
Can anyone find what exactly the staffer is referencing? I've Googled all around the web and failed miserably to find what the staffer was talking about...
I also brought up the negative campaign allegations from Hayes' most recent commercial:
Me: The latest tv ad accuses Mr. Kissell of running a negative campaign... other than this attack on Mr. Hayes about his lack of an appearance at a Fourth of July rally, what has Mr. Kissell been negative about?
Staffer: The tv ad mentions the Fourth of July rally specifically.
Me: Uh-huh, and is this something I need to be concerned about as a voter; the fact that Mr. Hayes might not've shown up at a presidential appearance over the summer?
Staffer: Well, Mr. Kissell is running unfounded accusations.
Me: And what exactly is this flier? Over the past two weeks I've received at least fourteen fliers in the mail, all of them attacking Mr. Kissell and the fact that he is wrong on taxes, drugs, and wrong for North Carolina, isn't that negative?
Staffer: (Not sure what exactly he said, but it was something along the lines of "no" only not outright said).
Me: Then what exactly is Mr. Hayes defining as negative if these mailers aren't?
Staffer: Mr. Kissell is the one who made the false accusations.
There was more, but these were the highlights. It appears that you just can't get a stance out of the Hayes camp... even after that call, I'm still confused on where Robin stands on pretty much every issue with the exception of the drug plan, which he apparently supports this week.