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    "Wrong Answer, John"

    http://blog.stevious.com/?p=1796

    This starts off as a typical blog post. The author - an employee of IBM - reports on a Town Hall meeting held by the Congressman John Carter, who explains during the meeting as to why he voted "no" on the Employee Nondiscrimination Act:

    Representative John Carter (R-TX) came to a town hall meeting at IBM in Austin yesterday, and I had the opportunity to ask him about why he voted NO on ENDA (employee non discrimination act). His answer was along the lines of he believed that being gay wasn’t an attribute that deserved protection from discrimination. So, as I often do, I wrote a letter to his office…
    Here's what the letter said:

    Wrong Answer John

    I asked you about your NO vote on ENDA yesterday at IBM, a place that has had a non-discrimination policy for GLBT people since 1984. In your world, apparently, there are forms of discrimination that are OK, because that’s how I understand your answer. You’ll notice the room was flat silent after your answer. You disrespected all of us in the room, and IBM, who, as a company, has come out in support of a fully inclusive ENDA.”

    Senator Edward Kennedy said: “The promise of America will never be fulfilled as long as justice is denied to even one among us,” when speaking about ENDA. “The Employment Non-Discrimination Act brings us closer to fulfilling that promise for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender citizens.
    Normally this story would fade into internet oblivion; however, Representative Carter's Communication Director decided to engage in a little 'astroturfing' ([ame=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Astroturfing]Astroturfing - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia[/ame]), disguising himself as what he thought would be an average, anonymous poster showing his support in the 'comments' section. All goes well until the admin matches his IP and email to Representative Carter's Communication Director. The explanation after he is busted is priceless!

    Other blogs are beginning to pick up on the story. You can read some of those here:

    Pam's House Blend:: TX: staffer for Rep. John Carter engages in some pitiful astroturfing re: ENDA vote

    pandagon.net - we are the public option

    TX: staffer for Rep. John Carter engages in some pitiful astroturfing re: ENDA vote

    Gotta be more careful if you're gonna try to fool an admin, I reckon!
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    Re: "Wrong Answer, John"

    I gotta say that's hilarious and I'm not surprised that it's a Texas politician.
    It's time for a revolution in our country. Not a revolution forged with guns and bombs but a revolution forged of compassion and altruism. A revolution that extends a hand to those who don't have and who cannot. A revolution that makes Health Care available to all those in the US.

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    Re: "Wrong Answer, John"

    Quote Originally Posted by formerroadie View Post
    I gotta say that's hilarious and I'm not surprised that it's a Texas politician.
    Yeah, I laughed pretty hard. Plus the fact ol' John made the very first comment on the story...man. I have no idea what possessed Carter's office to do this, but oh well. Thanks for the laughs, I guess!

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    Re: "Wrong Answer, John"

    Hopefully the congressman will give this idiot the chewing out he deserves. I can't believe that a Communications Director, of all people, doesn't know better than this.
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    Re: "Wrong Answer, John"

    This happened during one of the senate races I think it was during Casey's campaign? I think the staffer's name was Jill she worked for the republican running for office and posted on the blue jersey website until she was exposed. This seems to be common lately

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    Re: "Wrong Answer, John"

    Quote Originally Posted by Kandahar View Post
    Hopefully the congressman will give this idiot the chewing out he deserves. I can't believe that a Communications Director, of all people, doesn't know better than this.
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