July 09, 2020

Delegation deluged with calls, e-mail

Within the last week, Maine’s congressional delegation has been swamped with telephone calls and e-mail messages from voters wanting to register their opinion about whether President Clinton should be impeached.

And the number is sure to grow now that Clinton has ordered U.S. military forces to attack Iraq.

Sen. Susan Collins warned Mainers that they could face delays in reaching her office because the government’s communication system has been strained by the high volume of telephone calls and e-mail.

Voters who tried to call into the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday were likely greeted with a busy signal or a recording from an operator who said all the circuits were busy. In some cases, e-mail messages which normally take just seconds to transmit have been taking days to arrive.

Last week, lawmakers were receiving just a trickle of calls from voters about impeachment. But by Monday morning they had received thousands of telephone calls, letters and e-mail messages.

Rep. Tom Allen received 5,000 e-mail messages over the weekend, according to his spokesman, Mark Sullivan.

“And we’re literally getting hundreds of calls a day,” Sullivan said. “We have some staff members who have taken more than 150 calls a day.”

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