The JCBOS has posted a “poll” it would like retirees to fill out. It’s full of accusation, rumor, and innuendo. Highly unprofessional.
A push poll usually involves a telephone call where the caller purports to be taking a political poll. They aren’t interested in your answer, but rather want to ask a question in such a way that it sways your opinion about the candidate or issue.
Example: If you were to learn when Barry Cumbest’s father was a supervisor, he was convicted for fraud on the county and sentenced to a year in prison, would you be more likely or less likely to vote for him?
While the above statement is true, it lacks context and is intended to lead the reader to a conclusion.
The new questionnaire poses as such, but also provides an avenue to make innuendo regarding retirees wishes being harmful to current employees. It also flat out admits a question relies upon a rumor. What professional looking for true common ground and resolution would base questions on rumors?
There are two possibilities:
- The writer unintentionally caused harm in the poor composition, but simply lacks tact and discernment.
- The writer chose the words intentionally, with intent to divide.
In either case, the writer should not be trusted to handle the business of the county.
We ask that you boycott this questionnaire until it is revised to seek substantive answers and not advocate a political position during an election.