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Assemblyman Donnelly Responds to Irked Patch Blogger

Assemblyman Tim Donnelly responded Friday to a Patch blogger who wrote about his frustration in trying to contact Donnelly's office.

Assemblyman Tim Donnelly defended his office's responsiveness to constituents Friday after a Patch blogger wrote about difficulties he had in getting in touch with the assemblyman.

Donnelly said in an interview with Patch on Friday that he's talked to blogger Robert Parry and insisted that his office got back to Parry as soon as they could.

His office did not get a voicemail from Parry but responded to an email he sent, Donnelly said.

"We’ve made communication," Donnelly said. "He was not very effective in getting through in the timeframe that suited him."

Donnelly asked his constituents on Facebook whether they've had communication problems with his office:

After 2 years of serving the public in elected office, and many years of service as a volunteer, this is what I woke up to read this morning. Our office is blessed with some pretty extraordinary people who enable me to serve you. We pride ourselves on fighting gov't bureaucracies whenever it is possible and an appropriate use of state resources. I know this is probably crazy to ask on FB, but I'd like to know: Please let me know if you've attempted to contact my office and let me know have you been ignored as this blogger alleges or have your concerns been addressed. Also, let me know your suggestions for how to improve our outreach if you have any ideas. Godspeed.

Raymond Aguirre October 13, 2012 at 01:09 AM
Politicians know how to spin it.
Robert Parry October 13, 2012 at 01:14 AM
Worth noting is what the Assemblyman did not say: "Mr. Parry, I'm really sorry. I don't know how this happened, but we'll fix it." To the contrary, he hinted that I never had called his office, but walked it back when I asked if he was calling me a liar. In the end, however, he said he'd get my problem solved, which is what I wanted in the first place.
Dan Crandell October 13, 2012 at 06:56 AM
Thanks Robert for being a neighbor who is willing to stand and deliver.
Dan Crandell October 13, 2012 at 07:04 AM
Shame on him.
Gayle M. Montgomery October 14, 2012 at 08:00 AM
Robert, please follow up and let us know if he delivers on his word. It will be interesting to see what kind of action you receive.

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