Our phone rang a little before 9PM last night and the caller, a woman with a very pleasant voice, asked to speak with either one of two of my two older (adult) children, whom she asked for by first name. I asked who was calling and she gave her name, which matched the caller ID, and said she was a teacher in the area and was calling on behalf of the Obama campaign, along with some of her colleagues.
I told her they weren't available (my daughter doesn't even live with us any more) and I was pretty sure my older boy wasn't interested in talking to her. So she asked if I planned to support Obama in the election and of course I told her that my wife and I were voting for McCain. She pleasantly thanked me for my time and the call ended.
After I hung up, I thought how odd it was that she called and specifically asked to speak to two of the "kids" in the house and not to my wife or me. Then it dawned on me...where might a group of local teachers get a list of young adults of voting age, along with their phone numbers? School records. Possibly older ones, because my youngest is also now old enough and registered to vote.
When one considers that teachers' unions throughout the country are pretty much unanimously united behind Obama, it wouldn't surprise me in the least to learn that this is a wide-spread practice.
So, I fired off an e-mail to the GOP field operative running the local McCain campaign office and related the episode. Let's see if that stirs things up.
Update: Ace of Spades link. Thanks Ace!
Update: Possible explanations beside actual enrollment records are: (1) Student directory, (2) PTA/PTSA records, and (3) voter rolls provided by local party offices.
(1) still sounds like inappropriate use of that type of information and unlikely since my son says he opted out of inclusion in that, (2) again, inappropriate use, and (3) begs the question of why they didn't also ask for my youngest boy, who's been on the voter rolls for over a year.
In any event, I'm now in contact with a local newspaper reporter who's interested in looking into this. I'll put up another post with further developments.