You may have received an automated call on your phone about same-sex marriage and wondered who's behind that. The Vermont Republican Party is coordinating the calls.
For $200, the party will help coordinate the poll is a given legislative district. You can see the pitch here: http://www.vtgop.org/NewsBack.aspx?guid=f26028be-5147-48cf-bcb2-b881526a388a
. The money pays for the polling, says party Chairman Rob Roper, it's not a money-maker for the party.
The calls give recipients three choices for an opinion on the topic:
1. Now is not the time. The Legislature should be focused on economic issues.
2. The Legislature should legalize same-sex marriage now.
3. The Legislature should not legalize same-sex marriage.
One of the calls rang into the home of House Speaker Shap Smith, D-Morristown, who of course supports the same-sex marriage bill. Smith didn't answer the phone, though. His young son did. And Shap reports that his son responded the way many kids have been told to when mom and dad are busy: Now is not the time.
You can't make this stuff up.
- Terri Hallenbeck