Hah! Made Ya Call
It was left by one of our receptionists, L, who is excellent and has a sense of humor. Basically, it requested for me to call ASAP!!! a woman named Barbara who was calling on behalf of Congressman Tom Price, as they wanted me to be the chairperson of some health care committee for the state of Illinois and they needed to do the press release.
??? (insert confused dog expression, here)
"Who's Congressman Tom Price?" I asked my cohort and office mate, the chiropractor.
"Dunno. Never heard of him."
I read him the message, which wasn't any more helpful on the second reading. Or the third.
Scratching my head and figuring there was a mistake (because no one in their right mind would be looking for me to be on, let alone chair, a State committee), I asked L, who had taken The Message. She didn't know what it was about, either, but did note that this person often called for another of my partners who basically would ignore the messages or would tell her to toss it.
Completely intrigued, I did what any of us in the blogosphere would have done.
I googled him.
Turns out he's a Republican from Georgia.
Even more perplexed as to why a congressman from Georgia would be calling me to call ASAP!!! (or at least one of his minions), I picked up the phone and dialed away. The phone was pleasantly answered by someone not named 'Barbara'. I explaned that I had a message to call, was asked my name and address, and then told to first please listen to the following recording and that she'd be back on the line to discuss it when it was over.
A few seconds into it, I nearly hung up as it started with something akin to the Following (Not verbatim as I don't have that sort of memory, but the substance is correct):
"Hello, this is Congressman Tom Price. As a fellow phycian I am sure you are as concerned about Senator Hillary Clinton and her socialist agenda for the future of health care. You are also concerned that others may take control of the practice of medicine out of our hands..." There was some other stuff along the same lines. You get the picture. The whole thing lasted about 2 minutes.
Then the nice woman not named 'Barbara' came back on the line and asked if I had listened to the recording. I said I had and that they really, really didn't want me, as I was a staunch Democrat.
"Oh. I'm sorry about that," She said. "Sometimes there is a mistake on our lists. I'll just remove your name. Thank you."
And we parted company.
I was about to ask her if she meant that she was sorry that she'd called me in error or if she was sorry to hear that I was of such a sorry excuse for a physician, as we are all, clearly, conservatives. (I figure that's the only way they could have gotten my name, from some generic list of docs.)
But, at least I wasn't hit up for a campaign contribution, as I'm guessing that's what the ASAP!!! call was all about. Can't imagine a Georgia congressman would be having anything to do with an Illinois State committee. Sorry. Should have played along for a bit more and given you more of the scoop, but I have my limits, even in the interest of blogging.