TELL US: From Calls to Mailers, Which Candidate Has Bugged You the Most?

The candidates are into their final push, reaching out to voters in all sorts of ways.

We have just days left until election day, and each campaign is into the final stretch.

In many cases, that includes an overwhelming amount of contact with voters, from phone calls to roadside "visibilities," to flyers in the mail and (what can feel like) endless television ads.

Regardless of your political stripe, you have likely been subject to this. Which part of the final push has bugged you the most? Which candidate have you heard from the most? Tell us in the comments section below. 

Mara November 02, 2012 at 04:43 PM
Siobhan, maybe Warren did advise Obama but he WAS NOT PRESIDENT before the financial meltdown. So not much he could have done.
siobhan hullinger November 02, 2012 at 05:00 PM
Yes but he wasn't a community organizer either - he was a Senator.
Michael J Benn November 02, 2012 at 05:17 PM
As a candidate myself (State Representative, 14th Middlesex (Concord|Carlisle|Acton (1,2,6)|Chelmsford (1,9)) I certainly wish there were better options than expensive mailings, and annoying phone calls, however there is little else we can do (if you have any last-minute suggestions, I'd love to hear them). It may be different for Presidential and US Senate races, but for the State Legislature, it seems a lot of folks don't pay much attention. I was surprised to meet so many nice, smart people, who couldn't name their State Senator or State Representative. I have found the coverage (of my race) in the local papers to be fair and reasonable; however it was barely mentioned until October. As annoying as these contacts may be to you, I do hope that they are informative and helpful to those who have not given any thought to the down-ticket races. I have made thousands of "live" phone calls throughout the district, and I happily chat with supporters, and those who may disagree with some of my positions. The most difficult, and disappointing cases are when someone immediately says "I don't know anything about him" and hangs up. This is the "low information" voter, who chooses to remain oblivious to fresh, new ideas. Is it any wonder we have had such low turnover in the legislature? You may agree or disagre with me on my vision for Massachusetts, or any of my positions, but I ask you to please be informed before you go to the polls.
J. Parker November 02, 2012 at 06:28 PM
Not to be discouraged, Mr. Benn. Personally, I don't mind the calls and flyers. One man from my district called and I was enlightened to his candidacy since I'd never received a flyer. I'm totally in agreement with you about the "low information" voter. Good luck !
H Mover November 02, 2012 at 07:36 PM
As I try to make a genuine effort to accurately inform myself on each candidate's position, nothing makes me gnash my teeth more than those ads whose sole intent is to broadcast all the reasons NOT to vote for their opponent. Um,yeah-really solid, factual info from a totally impartial source. It depresses me to realize how dim-witted they think the average voter is-and it depresses me more to wonder if they are right.
Sarita beebe November 02, 2012 at 07:51 PM
They make great fodder for the wood burning stove!
Joan H. November 02, 2012 at 08:34 PM
Viinegar with your morning coffee?
K. Bonnin November 02, 2012 at 10:12 PM
We dropped our land-line in June - the upcoming election was the main reason. Best decision ever made! The commercials are all just a blur now. I will vote for any candidate that promises not to run a tv or radio add from Sept.-Nov. in 2016!
kate f November 02, 2012 at 10:29 PM
I agree with you Mr. Benn, your advice and post is what we all need more of..regardless of personal visions..thank you for posting..
NWBL November 03, 2012 at 02:12 AM
I hate Scott Brown's mailing attacking Warren and distorting the facts about her intended Medicare vote.
joanne frustaci November 03, 2012 at 12:09 PM
One man remains above the fray.. Burlington(Bilerica, Woburn etc)Senator Ken Donnelly asks support only for others and never for himself. He has been everywhere in this district for two terms now, always a quick responder to any constituent's requests. He is one of the very few selfless electeds.
Paul Sheehan November 03, 2012 at 12:27 PM
Other than a few a pieces in the mail from Ken Donnelly, I agree with Joanne. He is in the district every day, very accessible. Ken's support for Ken Gordon is a good example of his selfless approach. Tuesday will be a very interesting day!
Cookie November 03, 2012 at 06:54 PM
Matt Damon called me today on behalf of Warren....made my day! LOL
Earnhardt November 03, 2012 at 07:00 PM
And Jay-Zee is speaking in Obama commercials... the world has gone insane! LOLOLOL
kate f November 03, 2012 at 11:10 PM
Hey! I bet Matt Damon called me first..!! Matttttty..;)
Gone4Now November 04, 2012 at 12:11 AM
Elizabeth Warren is a Fraud and a Hypocrite
Long Island Dave November 04, 2012 at 04:10 AM
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Gone4Now November 04, 2012 at 12:43 PM
Sonny, sounds like you remember him. Even you older folks should have a choice.
Walt Cassell November 05, 2012 at 12:59 PM
It's going to be a pleasure on Wednesday not having the phone calls, and being done with the commercials!
Earnhardt November 05, 2012 at 01:01 PM
I'll still call you Walt! enjoy having your family home now. Later Gator.
Grahame Turner November 05, 2012 at 03:47 PM
I just tore up and threw out a whole pile of mailers, from a couple of candidates. It was really cathartic.
Beth Fowler Robinson November 06, 2012 at 12:12 AM
The Warren phone calls are making me crazy!
Mari Weldon November 06, 2012 at 12:49 AM
Word of advice - register on both the do not call and do not mail lists. I haven't received one call or DM piece this entire election year. The media coverage and social media posts were more than I could bear.
miz em November 06, 2012 at 12:55 AM
absolutely, roger - i received a phone cll from the warren campaign recently, and the caller had so much personal information about my parents (she thought i was my mother), it was terrifying. and the fact that her campaign shamelessly used this information to pretend to sympathize with my mother was obscene. the warren campaign calls several times a day, and then i get the mailand there she is again. there's no way i would vote for her. so i gave $ to scott brown, and i think his campaign called twice. i get mail from his campaign, but half of what i get from warren's. the mail really doesn't bother me, but the disgusting campaigning of warren makes me wonder what she'd do in office. "blood and teeth on the senate floor" rather than compromise. i guess she means it. i prefer rational adults, myself.
miz em November 06, 2012 at 12:58 AM
phil says it better than i. right on, phil!!!!!!!
Earnhardt November 06, 2012 at 01:40 AM
After tomorrow, peace will be restored, whoever wins.
Earnhardt November 06, 2012 at 12:25 PM
Cry? no Mikey boy. Its what America is all about. Tea Baggers.. hmm you would know all about that. Looking through those pics of you at your nephew's graduation, it's clear that you were not kidding when you said your prefer "Ding Dongs" Wow, you need to take better care of yourself, You gut is hanging out the bottom of your shirt! Go back to eating pickles,No calories, no fat, You have eaten plenty of pickles in your day, I'm sure you would mind munching a few more, Whatever candidate wins, Its what the system is all about. I have enjoyed baiting you all these weeks, It's been a blast. Oh here is a hint: Black is not slimming on you. And give hair club for men a call. your hairline misses the days when it was receding, Get out and vote!
Earnhardt November 06, 2012 at 12:35 PM
oh and Mikey boy... Win goes to Earnhardt, that's game... set... and match! :)
Earnhardt November 06, 2012 at 12:45 PM
LOLOL Mikey! that's all you have? LOLOLOLOLOLOL Hair Club for Men Mikey.. LOLOLOLOL you lost buddy.. yup you lost... Go back to the end unit next to the garage door and watch the results.. you are definitely the laughingstock of patch. . Ciao! or in your case.. CHOW! :) :) :)
Earnhardt November 06, 2012 at 12:49 PM
Jealous you only went to Disneyland, and nothing to show but your finger over the lens.. LOLOLOL. CHOW...


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