September 3, 2018 Dena Jensen
Day #9 of Doug’s Got to Go, marks one very frustrating aspect of having Republican Senator Doug Ericksen as a representative: for progressive constituents, his staff throws up serious road blocks to finding out anything you might need to know, and thus to having, with their help, even the most minuscule chance of experiencing representation or counteracting the lack of it.
This is just the middle section of one of Sandy Robson’s early 2017 experiences speaking to one of Senator Ericksen’s legislative staff members:
“I asked her if it would be normal protocol to simply ask Senator Ericksen about the Amendment since he proposed it. Her response: ‘Senator Ericksen doesn’t know more about poking through the website than staff does.’ I guess she didn’t understand that my question was asking if she could simply ask Senator Ericksen for information about the Amendment, not asking the senator about the website.
She put me on hold again.
“She came back on to say she had looked all through the website and the Amendment was not online. She added that she would check with the Committee Clerk to see what’s going on with that. She asked my phone number. I said I would give my number to her, and I asked her if she would help me get the Committee Clerk’s name and number, too.
“She answered, ‘No, just give me your number and your name and I’ll call her.”
I gave her my name and number.
“Then I asked again if she could please give me the Committee Clerk’s number. Her response: ‘I’ll call her for you. You don’t need to be calling her…I’ll call you right back.’”
If you can’t guess what the answer is as to whether Sandy got called back and want to hear the sordid details about the rest of the interaction, click the link in this post.
Read Sandy’s complete blog post, “Obstructive behavior from Senator Ericksen’s office” on Noisy Waters Northwest here.