23 December 2005

TGIS: Thank God It's Schadenfreude! (45) . . . The Sequel's Sequel!

This week's special bonus joy in the misfortune of others comes courtesy of Reuters (from Friday, December 23; link good at time of posting):
Florida's attorney general has spearheaded an aggressive campaign against unsolicited e-mails, or spam. But as a candidate for governor, he appears to be generating some unwanted Internet clutter himself.

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[A] report in Thursday's St. Petersburg Times said [Attorney General Charlie] Crist, a Republican gubernatorial candidate, had annoyed some residents of the state by sending them unwanted e-mails promoting his candidacy and soliciting campaign donations.

Joe Spooner, a 41-year-old investment adviser, told the newspaper he had no idea how the Crist campaign got his e-mail address but repeatedly tried to unsubscribe.

After his fifth request to be removed, Spooner sent the Crist campaign an e-mail of his own. He accused Crist of hypocrisy because of the way he seemed to have forgotten all about his vocal crackdown on spammers.

'Do I need to file a complaint with the attorney general's office?" Spooner wrote.

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[Vivian Myrtetus, Crist's spokeswoman, said] "The attorney general does not consider this spam and is, as you know, at the forefront of protecting citizens against that."

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