I think if you were to press my Rep., Dave Joyce of Ohio, he would PRIVATELY! agree with this concept. But the problem is, he, and most if not all of the other members, doesn't have the BALLS to say anything PUBLICLY!

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Thank you, Daniel. I totally agree, and that's exactly the point of our effort here.

The more these mainstream Republicans, ones who don't represent MAGA-dominated districts, hear about our proposal the less fearful they may become. That's why we have to keep calling them, and also sharing these posts with our contacts so there'll be even more calls. Respectful persuasion is how I characterize our approach.

Ideally, we should be getting support from media personalities as well. If there were more public conversation about the possibility of a cross-party alliance handing MAGA a stinging defeat in the House, the less implausible it would become.

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Jul 18, 2023Liked by Jerry Weiss

Good afternoon, Jerry. I just finished making my four phone calls. When you call Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick’s office (R-PA-1st CD), you get a recorded menu: “If you’re a constituent, press 1; if you’re not a constituent, press 2” and so on. Both last week and today, I pressed 2. When you do this, no one pick up the phone. In fact, today, eventually I was disconnected. Both times, I called back and pressed 1. The call is immediately picked up. I explained what I did and why; the lady understood.

She listened to what I had to say, and then asked me a question: Is there anyone in your group who IS a constituent in Congressman Fitzpatrick’s district (PA-01)? If so, that person should call, because that way the call/message will be flagged as coming from a constituent, and get immediate attention. I doubt that lying about that would work, because they’ll want your address.

So, is there anyone out there in the Feathers Of Hope family who lives in Bucks County or in a sliver of Montgomery County? Or do you have a sympathetic relative or friend you get on board?

Jerry, as a general concept, it would probably be effective to “recruit” members of the Feathers Of Hope followers from the the following Congressional districts: Hakeem Jeffries (NY-08); Don Bacon (NE-02); David Joyce (OH-14). Calls from those people will carry more weight and help them grow a stiffer backbone.

Btw, the lady I spoke with at Congressman David Joyce’s office, when I asked if she had taken other similar calls, said yes, she had taken one other call on the same topic. Come on , folks...let’s do this!

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Thank you once again, Robert. Your enthusiastic support is so inspiring!

I make a lot more calls to other districts than I do to my own, and have found only about a third ask about residency. I usually say something like "My name is Jerry Weiss and my phone number is . . . I don't live in Rep. X's district. But I'm calling about a national issue important to everyone in the country." Giving my name and number up front personalizes the call and invites a conversation. I know some people just say they live in the districtis zip code. But for me, dishonesty seems contrary to our purpose.

I haven't thought about recruiting members for our network from specific districts. That's a good idea. Maybe we could look up the local Democratic and Republican party committees to contact directly about our proposal.

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