From Tiger Beat on the Potomac email thingie, we learn new details about how the January 6 Committee are being loved by the Red Hats:
KINZINGER CALLS OUT THE CALLERS— Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.) is the latest lawmaker to make public the horrific threats and vile voicemails his staff field, a reality that has become the norm for so many offices on Capitol Hill. “The darkness has reached new lows,” he tweeted Tuesday. “My new interns made this compilation of recent calls they’ve received while serving in my DC office.”
“Gonna get your wife. Gonna get your kids,” one caller said. A woman caller said that she prayed “if it be God’s will, that you suffer,” and a man on another call said he hoped someone kills “your nasty mom and your nasty wife.”
As you all probably know, the phones are answered by underpaid staffers and often interns, and so they are the ones getting shot-gunned in the face, like a common friend of Dick Cheney:
What’s an intern to do? Many other offices in both parties and both chambers face similar situations. Heads up for senior staff: The Congressional Management Foundation has guidance on how to change your congressional office’s phone policy to protect staff (usually college age interns or entry level aides) from abusive and threatening calls. Recommendations include establishing a “tipping point” for sending calls to voicemail when vitriol heats up and giving individual staffers the ability to step back from phone duties for a period to recover from threatening or abusive calls.
In all of our activism posts over the years, we have stressed being polite and kind to the person answering the phone. If you want your message to be heard by any representative in either branch of Congress, consider the person taking the message.
And please, keep the Prince Albert-in-a-can pranks to a minimum.