Sometimes the vicissitudes of the campaign trail lead politicians to make promises that don’t really make sense and need to be abandoned if you win. Barack Obama’s promise to put legislative negotiations on CSPAN comes to mind. And then there’s Scott Rigell who’s running to unseat Glenn Nye in the Virginia Beach / Hampton / Norfolk area (question for Virginians: what do you call that area?) and offers this as one of his Ten Commitments:
7. I WILL ALWAYS BE ACCESSIBLE, INCLUDING AT HOME. MY PHONE NUMBER IS: 757-496-4113.
It’s a fun gimmick, but there’s no way this could work for an actual member of congress, right? At a minimum, to make it work you’d have to set up an extra secret phone number in case your kids or your mom wants to get in touch with you so that you could safely ignore the “random constituents call on this line” line if you need to get on with your life.