Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Sen. Scott Brown Posts Official Email Address After 7 Weeks In Office 03/24/2010 San Francisco - Sen. Scott Brown (R-MA), the junior United States Senator from Massachusetts elected in January on a wave of social media organized by conservative groups, this afternoon posted a publicly listed office email address for the first time, 7 weeks after his swearing in on February 4.

Senator Brown was elected on January 19, in a nationally significant upset victory over Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley (D-MA).

Until approximately 5:00 PM (ET) today, Senator Brown's governmental website, carried no public email address for inbound contact to his staff in either Washington or Boston. The address was published this afternoon on the Contacts page of the site.

A Publishing Powerhouse Asks Some Questions
The lack of an official governmental email address for communications to the Senate's newest member from his Bay State constituents had drawn at least passing reference in the last several days from the Democratic blog BlueMassGroup.

Most probably of greater impact on the Senator's staff were the online and direct inquires raised over the past week by, the non-partisan online organizing and legislative communication site owned by the CQ-Roll Call Group, a division of U.K.-based The Economist Group.  CQ-Roll Call is the merged entity of Congressional Quarterly and Roll Call, two of the small group of leading daily online information providers focused exclusively on Capitol Hill.

Wonder why a British publishing firm with a moderate Tory voice in its editorial policy would have the temerity to ask questions of a darling of the American right? 

CQ-Roll Call has an incentive beyond civic interest to see that Sen. Brown and all of his colleagues routinely receive high volumes of email.  Capitol Advantage, the market leader in email platforms used by lobbyists and trade associations, is another division of The Economist subsidiary.  

To the extent that any Senator or Member of Congress fails to maintain a working email portal, the tools of political influence offered by firms like Capitol Advantage are at a distinct disadvantage over phone calls and snail mail.  The site shows scores of webform emails addressed to Senator Brown which were presumably bounced back at the company's mails servers, or held for future electronic delivery. was contacted over the past week by Roll Call on the Brown email issue, given our daily exposure to (and alleged expertise about) the mix of politics, government, and technology. The last we checked, The Economist Group has even more clout and investigative horsepower than we do, so we await Roll Call's reporting on the Brown electronic snafu.

In the interim, we give you a video clip that those of us who are proud to be from Boston, and prouder still to be of a certain political tradition associated with the Hub of the Universe, still find unfathomable:

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