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VANITY QUESTION: Need help on proper form for addressing a former Congressman
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Posted on 02/02/2005 7:42:15 AM PST by hispanarepublicana

I'm working on writing letters to a number of former Congressmen. What is proper form in the address block?

Is it
The Honorable Joe Schmoe
Former U.S. Congressman
Address, City, State, Zip
Dear Congressman Schmoe:

Or is it
The Honorable Joe Schmoe
Owner, Joe Schmoe's Post-Congress Company
Address, City, State, Zip
Dear Former Congressman Schmoe


TOPICS: Miscellaneous; Reference
KEYWORDS: letters; protocol
Any help is appreciated. I've googled and found nothing.
1 posted on 02/02/2005 7:42:15 AM PST by hispanarepublicana
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To: hispanarepublicana

Dear Loser,


2 posted on 02/02/2005 7:43:13 AM PST by mark502inf
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To: hispanarepublicana

is it a former Dem congresscritter, or a former Pubbie congressman..? former is "asshole"..latter is "honorable"


3 posted on 02/02/2005 7:43:55 AM PST by ken5050
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I'm one of the biggest smarta55es on FR, and I knew it would come back to bite me in the butt.
These are elderly, retired Republican congressmen.


4 posted on 02/02/2005 7:44:50 AM PST by hispanarepublicana (Miss Free Republic High School-198?)
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To: hispanarepublicana

It is usually accurate to address this way:

"Dear Lobbyist,"


5 posted on 02/02/2005 7:45:26 AM PST by WhiteGuy (The Constitution requires no interpretation, only enforcement.)
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To: hispanarepublicana

I usually try to turn the person's name into a nickname, and if that's not going to work "Sparky" or "Slacks" seems to work for most guys.

Then again I'm often told I'm rude and disrespectful, so take that advice for what it's worth.

Owl_Eagle

”Unleash the Hogs of Peace.”
P.J. O'Rourke Parliament of Whores

6 posted on 02/02/2005 7:47:00 AM PST by South Hawthorne (Guest Worker Program = Amnesty)
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To: Owl_Eagle
so take that advice for what it's worth

I guess you get what you pay for....

7 posted on 02/02/2005 7:49:56 AM PST by hispanarepublicana (Miss Free Republic High School-198?)
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To: hispanarepublicana

How about simply Mr. or Mrs.? Politicians work for us, supposedly, sometimes, rarely, never...


8 posted on 02/02/2005 7:50:44 AM PST by DTogo (U.S. out of the U.N. & U.N out of the U.S.)
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To: hispanarepublicana
If you are writing to Kennedy - you can say:

Dear Boooozer er uh Loser:

9 posted on 02/02/2005 7:52:14 AM PST by areafiftyone (The Democrat's Mind: The Hamster's dead but the wheel's still spinning!)
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To: hispanarepublicana

I'm one of the biggest smarta55es on FR, and I knew it would come back to bite me in the butt.

Bit in the butt?  You're spreading joy and happiness with this thread.  Why, it can go eight ways from Sunday.  Thank You!

Owl_Eagle

”Unleash the Hogs of Peace.”
P.J. O'Rourke Parliament of Whores

10 posted on 02/02/2005 7:55:15 AM PST by South Hawthorne (Guest Worker Program = Amnesty)
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To: hispanarepublicana

If he or she are politicians you agree with start with 'The Honorable', if you don't agree with them it should be 'Dear Joe', Politicians live off of ego, slap them down with not feeding them and call them by their first name.


11 posted on 02/02/2005 8:01:56 AM PST by gulfcoast6 (Love is best,-- when it is shared.)
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Ask them when they are going to get the 'scooters' advirtised for the old folks on TV cause some of them are sure old enough to use them.


12 posted on 02/02/2005 9:06:05 AM PST by gulfcoast6 (Love is best,-- when it is shared.)
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To: hispanarepublicana

Office of the Clerk, U. S. House of Reps. should be able to help you: http://clerk.house.gov/clerk/index.html


13 posted on 02/02/2005 12:37:54 PM PST by lunarbicep (Moderation in temper is always a virtue; but moderation in principle is always a vice - Thomas Paine)
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