Mad At Congress Over The Shutdown? Now You Can Drunk Dial Them And Let Off Some Steam

by
Sameera Ehteram
Frustration is growing by the day among US citizens as the government continues with its shutdown, which sent hundreds of thousands of federal employees on unpaid leave, but now, a unique initiative has provided the people with a chance to vent their anger.

Frustration is growing by the day among US citizens as the government continues with its shutdown, which sent hundreds of thousands of federal employees on unpaid leave, but now, a unique initiative has provided the people with a chance to vent their anger.

DrunkDialCongress.org, a website launched on Thursday morning, puts people in contact with a random member of Congress so they can "Call & Yell."

Whether you are a furloughed worker, being forced to work for free, or just fed up at Capitol Hill.
Call & Yell at a random Member of Congress, they say.

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They also have a note on the site that reads, “As Members of Congress quickly returned from their final symbolic, non-effective and otherwise useless votes to avert a government shutdown, the heavy drinking began. Reports of our representatives getting plastered on the government's dime - the one we have left - have come streaming in from witnesses all over Capitol Hill. Now's your chance to tell your Representative what you really think of their actions.”

The site goes a step beyond and also provides talking points. "My grandma can't get her cancer treatment," or "My kids won't stop yelling at me about camping."

The website was created by Revolution Messaging, which helps organizations spread messaging through mobile texts or calls.

"We were discussing how members of the House were supposedly drinking during the votes being cast the night before the shutdown, and also we had friends who were furloughed and taking advantage of specials at bars," said Revolution Messaging's Keegan Goudiss. "We thought this would be a great way to spend their time drinking during the day—calling random members of Congress and telling them to resolve the shutdown."

Drunk Dial Congress even has drink recipes, in case you actually intend to put the drunk in drunk dialing—responsibly, of course. You can brace yourself with "The Bad Representative," a cocktail of whiskey, cherry brandy, lemon juice and vermouth. Or "The Sleepy Senator" made of absinthe.

"Someone called us and asked why we don't have any beer recipes on the site," said Goudiss. "We just discussed adding a beer shandy."

Drink, dial and rant all you want, but if if this impasse is to pass, perhaps members of Congress should be banned from drinking till the shutdown ends. The government would open for business tomorrow.

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CNBC's Jane Wells tested it out. Here’s how she describes her experience:

“On the site I entered my phone number and received a recorded call from a man who sounded like he'd had a few too many "I like to tell people  what’s on my mind,"he slurred. Soon I could, too. Through that phone call I was randomly transferred to someone on Capitol Hill—Rep. Todd Rokita, R-Ind.

"Has anyone called you using DrunkDialCongress?" I asked."I'm sorry, can you repeat that?" said the friendly receptionist after a pause.

I was their first known call from the website. While Rep. Rokita has been getting calls about the shutdown, "This site is news to me," said the woman answering his phone (she did confirm my number was obscured). When asked if any drunk dialers had called at all, like, people who were really drunk, she replied, "No."

Not yet at least. “

But Revolution Messaging's Keegan Goudiss maintains that members of congress received no less than 200 calls in the first four hours after the site went live.

So, if you are mad and need an outlet to let off some steam, here’s your chance.

However, it will most likely be a secretary, personal assistant or an intern who will be at the receiving end and not the Congress person whose office you have called.

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