Yep. It’s true. I had two personal (not robo-call) voicemail messages from him yesterday. I missed both calls, but he did leave me a direct number to reach him. He wants to talk specifically about the issues and concerns we have.
I’ll get about 15 min max with him because one of his voicemail messages said, “I’m between hearings right now and have about 15 minutes to talk to you.” So a couple thoughts:
1. WE PERSISTED and we got a response. Ok, it is not an in-person Town Hall, but we finally got a personal response. And yes, I take his calls to me to be in response to our collective work. So keep persisting. Our presence is known and again, legitimized.
2. With the 15 minutes I’ll get, please comment below what topics you want me to raise. Right now, what are the top 3 messages we need him to hear? And for those of you that don’t know me personally, I’m a lawyer by trade, and not the least bit uncomfortable with having direct conversations and holding people accountable, in a respectful way. So just know that I will do that on our behalf.
3. While this is only one phone call, I want to say that it is symbolic of the fact that he knows we are holding him accountable, but we are using civic engagement and democracy as it was intended to be used. Thank you for being engaged, intentional, respectful, and strong-willed for Montana.