An open letter to Christine Chavez

Dear Christine,

I’ve been receiving a number of items in the mail from you lately. You have a lot to talk about. That’s great! Political candidates should have something to say, and should know how to communicate with their constituents (or potential constituents). I’d really like to ask you a favor, though. Just a wee one. Shouldn’t be too much trouble.

Stop sending me so much freaking mail!

I know there’s an election coming up. I’m totally aware of what’s going on in my neighborhood, district, city, county, and state. I’m also aware that, holy fucking shit, there is so much stuff in my mailbox. I went out of town for two and a half weeks and I came home to not 2, not 5, but TWELVE pieces of mail from you alone! I got something from you for every weekday that I was gone. Add in the two to four pieces of mail I got from other local candidates, and I had one full as hell mailbox.

Now, don’t get me wrong, Christine. You and I both live in east L.A. We even share some of the same political viewpoints. That’s cool. We could probably sit down over coffee and have a nice chat. But for the love of all that’s holy, please stop filling up my mailbox with your shiny pamphlets and envelopes. I haven’t seen this much stuff hit my mailbox since that crap special election the Governator held last year. And we all know how that turned out.

My advice? Just concentrate your efforts on the web. It’s much cheaper and more effective than direct mail marketing. Keep writing pseudo-blog posts on your website. And keep in touch with the communities. Just don’t keep in touch with shiny tri-fold political pamphlets and letters “from Martin Sheen” on your behalf. It just cheapens us all.

Love,
The potential constituent with an overflowing mailbox (which has become an overflowing trashcan)

7 Replies to “An open letter to Christine Chavez”

  1. She’s certainly not alone in deluging my mailbox with insta-recycables. What I’m sick of is her incessant “Cesar Was My Grandfather” platform. I got it the first time Christine. The 30th time? Who cares!

  2. Unfortunately, you are not the average voter, who needs to be hit over the head with this stuff–at least according to the scientific world of political direct mail (for x amount of mailers, x amount of voters will keep x amount and remember to vote for you therefore you win–or something like that). I, too, am disgusted by the amount of mail piling up in my box–both candidates in my district equally share my political views so I will be measuring the piles of direct mail I get from them and voting based on who sent me less :)

  3. I wrote an email to her campaign folks stating basically the same thing. It has been so over the top. In fact a month ago, I may have voted for her, but not anymore. She seems to have so much to say, yet in today’s L.A. Weekly (6/1) they report she has basically been a no-show at 8 (yes, EIGHT) debates for the 45th district. With so much to say (in the mail), too bad she can’t stand up and say it out loud in a public forum. She must be working on the next flyer layout.

  4. I wrote an email to her campaign folks stating basically the same thing. It has been so over the top. In fact a month ago, I may have voted for her, but not anymore. She seems to have so much to say, yet in today’s L.A. Weekly (6/1) they report she has basically been a no-show at 8 (yes, EIGHT) debates for the 45th district. With so much to say (in the mail), too bad she can’t stand up and say it out loud in a public forum. She must be working on the next flyer layout.

  5. OK, this is so hilarious to read, because not only have I been completely deluged with mail as well– two weeks ago, she SHOWED UP ON MY DOORSTEP IN PERSON. I shit you not. I had been bitching about her constant phone calls and mailings to a friend just that morning, then my doorbell rings and it’s her! After asking for my support, she handed me MORE junk, a set of notecards with pix of her as a child with ole Cesar himself. Oh lord it was funny.

  6. Just a question: Shouldn’t you be focusing more on politics then complaining about how much mail you received? This makes you seem unprofessional and unreliable. Obviously, your annoyed. But, you state that you share some of the same political views as Chavez, so why then discuss a topic that is so absurd and irrelevant .Who cares how much mail she sent you? The important thing is where does she stand politically. Also, you yourself know that not everyone in LA has a access to a computer (especially the lower class which is one of her focused demographics). For those of you who have posted your complaints and decided to judge a candidate based on how much mail they’ve sent you, you shouldn’t even be allowed to vote. I guess all of you would prefer to be misinformed and have a candidate who doesn’t care about the community and its values. If you don’t know how to logically judge and criticize a suitable candidate then you shouldn’t expose your ineptitude to vast array of those of who do, and please, please don’t vote!

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