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First, I was told that I would have to come in and basically be interviewed. During my interview, the fiefdom chief went through her long brag list of what she has done for the party and then asked me to "share" with her what I have done. By this time I was already pissed with her condescending attitude and decided to see how she would react to someone who decided to volunteer for the first time.

I was basically told that in HER party / fiefdom, people had to work their way up inside the party and pay their dues before they would be allowed to work as poll workers or as an election judge. This woman did not want to listen to me or answer my questions. She had her agenda and if you did not measure up, then you were not qualified. Even after I told her that I worked for a global company and traveled extensively but would be willing to use my vacation time to support the party the day before, day of, and day after the elections she still did not even consider me useful except to answer phones, sign drives etc.

I have done this work before, I did so during 2004 and even made calls on behalf of the party, so I don't have a problem with it. But to treat someone who is trying to help like they owe HER before she will bequeath to them some "priviledge" is a sure fire way to drive away people.

I will still vote for Palin / McCain this November, I will even put a sign out on my lawn ... but they can F'en forget about me working for the party. And I'm just pissed enough to seriously consider changing my voter registration.

If the GOP party wonks want to increase the party, they need to learn better communication skills and treat people who are trying to get involved MUCH better
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1 posted on 09/10/2008 1:41:12 PM PDT by taxcontrol
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To: taxcontrol

Colorado is important. I am also in a place where the local politicos are a bunch of complete a-hole RINOS.

I am certainly not going to help them, in fact, have 2 years to work on replacements for these a-holes. I suggest you do the same.


2 posted on 09/10/2008 1:45:30 PM PDT by LesbianThespianGymnasticMidget (God punishes Conservatives by making them argue with fools.)
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To: taxcontrol

When I turned 18 I registered as an independent and have remained one to this day.


3 posted on 09/10/2008 1:45:53 PM PDT by AlaskaErik (I served and protected my country for 31 years. Democrats spent that time trying to destroy it.)
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To: taxcontrol

Screw the party. Like McCain says “country first”

I’m registered “un-enrolled” not because I’d ever vote for a marxist, but because I vote for conservatives who will attempt to preserve this country and its constitution.

In NOV. I’m voting for Palin, not the Republican Party. As far as I’m concerned, they sold the whole lot of us down the river.


4 posted on 09/10/2008 1:46:08 PM PDT by wilco200 (Typical White Person)
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To: taxcontrol
I attempted to volunteer to work on election day as a judge/poll worker

judges/poll workers are NOT volunteers and are NOT recruited through the party offices.

5 posted on 09/10/2008 1:48:45 PM PDT by E=MC2
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To: taxcontrol

Go to the Board of Election Commissioners — they’re the ones who train and assign the poll workers, and while you’re at it, hit the local McCain Campaign office. They’re begging for help.

By-pass the Queen and smile at her sweetly when she runs into you at the polls. Say nothing, just heap those coals on her head and get out and watch over this election. (We have a rather arrogant fellow as a committeeman. Our committeewoman, however, is grateful for any thing you offer to do.) Believe me, the Republican Party needs help in manning the polls.


6 posted on 09/10/2008 1:51:26 PM PDT by Constitutions Grandchild
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To: taxcontrol
Maybe it is time to pull a Sarah on her. :-D. I am glad you came to rant and get this bad taste out of your mouth. Sarah would take over her job. However time is of the essence, so I would go above her head and complain to the locals above her (If it is city, go to county or state level tell them you'd like to help and ask for suggestions). Let them know what you told us. If they blow you off go up the ladder.

Time to unseat the people that stop and hinder a positive ground game. You are not the only one that has been held back by this person, time to expose her hinderance and fight for change!

If nothing else do it in support of Sarah's unseating the corrupt in Alaska! :-D Let her lesson be your guide. I would anyway. I hate bureaucrats!!! Get the lady out and the the blood flowing again in your local GOP if you can.

Even if nothing comes of it but the complaints it will be out there what this lady is doing.

10 posted on 09/10/2008 1:54:42 PM PDT by GOP Poet
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To: taxcontrol

http://www.amazon.com/Independents-Day-Awakening-American-Spirit/dp/0670018368

The donks blow & the GOP suckles. Go independent conservative!


11 posted on 09/10/2008 1:55:13 PM PDT by tumblindice (I'm sticking by my guns and voting for conservatives)
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To: taxcontrol

Sounds like they need some new blood.

Get in there and start making a difference.

That’s what I’m doing.


13 posted on 09/10/2008 2:05:50 PM PDT by Scarchin (nObama - Keep the change!)
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To: taxcontrol

With all respect, that is basically the same as going in to your local church for the first time and saying you’d like to do the collection plate or do the homily next Sunday.

You’ve got to earn your stripes in either place. I had a similar experience trying to just get a Bush Quayle yard sign 20 years ago until I explained I had worked on Mike Fox’s congressional campaign.

That’s why I don’t do much church or volunteer in politics. I freelance on both.


19 posted on 09/10/2008 2:18:29 PM PDT by Bartholomew Roberts
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To: taxcontrol

In Ohio you call the board of elections to volunteer to be a poll judge. Then if there is an opening then the county or a city council member will call you about doing it. It has nothing to do with the parties here other than each poll has to have 2 D’s and 2 R’s to open for elections.


22 posted on 09/10/2008 2:31:58 PM PDT by chris_bdba
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To: taxcontrol

Sarah Palin didn’t cry about such people. She defeated them!


26 posted on 09/10/2008 2:42:58 PM PDT by Defiant (I prefer a Lewinsky in the White House to an Alinsky. The first blows, but the latter really sucks.)
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To: taxcontrol

“First, I was told that I would have to come in and basically be interviewed.”

too much trouble, eh, Sparky? Tough row to hoe? Glad you didn’t make the cut, wussy.


29 posted on 09/10/2008 2:53:49 PM PDT by jessduntno (Time to move.)
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To: taxcontrol

Sadly, the local party operations tend to be fiefdoms for the type of people who used to run for student council in high school. We all know the type.

In 2004, I bypassed the whole mess and had a friend of mine get me assigned to help keep an eye on the counting of absentee ballots in Nevada. Turned out to be essentially a 3-day vacation, as the poll numbers in Nevada came in so heavily GOP that the absentee ballots weren’t that important.


30 posted on 09/10/2008 3:00:48 PM PDT by Citizen Blade (What would Ronald Reagan do?)
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To: taxcontrol

Call again. Don’t give up. Contact RNC, do it for them from home.

Just because a few people were jerks doesn’t mean the whole party is that way.


34 posted on 09/10/2008 3:08:22 PM PDT by Recovering_Democrat (Just say NObama!)
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To: taxcontrol
I'm glad you made this rant. I do not belong to either party but I have always voted for Republican candidates for national office. I’ve always had sneaking suspicions that the biggest problem in the Republican Party was people in their rank and file who are like the person you described. You should share your experience with someone who can change this person's attitude. I not sure who that would be.
39 posted on 09/10/2008 3:23:21 PM PDT by kempo
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