I've heard, secondhand, of accounts of Richardson residents receiving push polls of the mayoral election. The callers fail to identify who is paying for the telephone campaign. One such report wasn't even secondhand. I received a push poll myself. When I asked who was paying for the political advertisement disguised as a public opinion survey, I was told that information wouldn't be revealed.A push poll is an interactive marketing technique, most commonly employed during political campaigning, in which an individual or organization attempts to influence or alter the view of respondents under the guise of conducting a poll.
After the jump, my proclamation and pledge to the candidates.
Whereas, I think both candidates, Laura Maczka and Amir Omar, are qualified to serve as mayor, with both having pros and cons that attract me and dissuade me from endorsing either one at this time; and
Whereas, I'll need something on which to decide whom to endorse; and
Whereas, I detest the practice of anonymous push polling, considering it a form of dishonesty that disqualifies one for the public trust.
Now, therefore, I do hereby pledge to endorse* the first candidate who publishes the scripts used for all telephone campaigns conducted by his or her campaign and by all political action committees that have endorsed his or her candidacy.
* Fine print, yada, yada, yada, blah, blah, blah, I reserve the right to change my mind at any time, for any reason or for no reason.
Since we're already deep into the campaign, I won't even judge the content of the scripts. Publication of the scripts will be taken as a sign of goodwill and will be enough to absolve you of any sins the scripts might reveal.
I understand that you can't necessarily control what PACs do on your behalf, but if any PAC has endorsed you and won't join you in publishing the scripts for any telephone campaigns it runs on its own, you must disavow that PAC's endorsement in order to comply with the requirements of my pledge.
I look forward to your quick response to my pledge.