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Team Hurt Blanks on Planned Parenthood Response

Aides to Virginia Republican Robert Hurt recently pulled out the official stationary and added the boss’s autopen-crafted signature to a form letter meant to outline the three-term lawmaker’s stance on Planned Parenthood. Next time perhaps they’ll remember to include one pesky little detail: actual substance. (Screenshot) Open government advocate Waldo Jaquith highlighted the glaring constituent-service fail — Hurt’s canned response bears the placeholder header “Dear UNINTELLIGBLE SYMBOLS” followed by the clearly disregarded instruction, “Letter begins here.” — on social media Monday. The recipient of the premature position paper declined to describe the particulars of the original exchange (Jaquith told HOH the author did not wish to “get involved in a fuss about it”) or what, if any, further actions might come from this unfulfilling round of ideological intercourse. Web crawlers filled the void with their own interpretations. @waldojaquith good old bob, always saying exactly what's on his mind. — ∂øm|n|© ∂∑\/|±• (@bcnft) October 5, 2015 “Good old bob, always saying exactly what’s on his mind,” quipped WTJU personality DJ Baconfat. @waldojaquith — Ben Bromley (@benuski) October 5, 2015 “,” suggested a Twitter user self identified as Ben Bromley. @benuski @waldojaquith Representative's term ends at next election (one hopes). — Robert Wright (@RKWinvisibleman) October 5, 2015 “Representative’s term ends at next election (one hopes),” posited armchair pundit Robert Wright. Hurt’s office did not respond to a request for clarification about the tabula rasa strategy. Related: Republicans Scurry to Advance Agendas Before Recess See photos, follies, HOH Hits and Misses and more at Roll Call's new video site. Get breaking news alerts and more from Roll Call in your inbox or on your iPhone.