Politics

Feb 13, 2006

Politics 101: how to handle a pesky constituent

An email exchange between Labor Federal Member for Bendigo Steve Gibbons and a constituent: From: David Stratton [mailto: [email protected]

An email exchange between Labor Federal Member for Bendigo Steve Gibbons and a constituent:
From: David Stratton [mailto: [email protected]]
To: Gibbons, Steve (MP)
Subject: RU486 approval process

I trust that you will treat the upcoming vote as one on the appropriate process for approval of medication and not a backdoor vote about abortion.

From: Gibbons, Steve (MP)
To:
David Stratton

I don't need advice from half-wits that have been educated beyond their intelligence!

From: David Stratton
To: Gibbons, Steve (MP)

I am profoundly disturbed by your reply to my democratic expression of opinion as your constituent. I shall make sure that public awareness of your attitude, through all possible media channels, is as wide as possible. I, and the dozen or so friends with whom I have shared this, have all been consistent Labor voters – were we Liberal voters we would be overjoyed at such a display of arrogance and political ineptitude. As iti s we are deeply saddened.

From: Gibbons, Steve (MP)
To:
David Stratton

I have received many hundreds of emails on this issue, from both sides, and your email was the most arrogant and offensive with the clear implication that I am not capable of making a decision on the merits of the argument. I look forward to your media campaign.

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