Dave Cook: Robo-caller!

Use your imagination and picture this scenario:

It’s been a long day. The kids are in bed and have finally gone to sleep. You’re winding down and starting to relax when the phone suddenly rings. It’s almost nine o’clock at night. For someone to be calling this late it must be something very important. By the time you get to the phone all the kids are now crying because the phone woke them up.


It’s Dave Cook! Actually, it’s a recording of Dave Cook. You know, Dave Cook who is running for the hotly contested Nevada State Board of Education District 9 seat. He wants you to vote for him. He just paid a robot to call you at 9:00p to tell you to vote for him.

So, you hang up and jump on the internet to try to find out who Dave Cook is because he just woke up your kids with a late night  political solicitation on the phone. Of course, the first link that comes up is another person commenting on Mr. Cook’s use of “robo calls”. While the post is not complimentary nor critical, the comments are clearly not favorable.

Next, you decide to call Dave at home (you’ll wait until later in the evening, of course) but you can’t find his phone number. You finally find a number at TheVoterGuide.org, but it is listed as 775-85-1454. You don’t want to be a jerk to nine other people while trying to find the correct missing digit.

As a last resort, you send Dave a polite but blunt e-mail letting him know that calls at that hour are unacceptable and that he should not count on you to vote for him. He responds to your message the next day. Does he apologize? No. Does he acknowledge that robo calls may be an offensive campaigning method, especially in light of DoNotCall.gov‘s polularity? No. He sends the following message:


If you send me your phone number, I’ll be glad to see that it is removed from the list.

Dave Cook

By now you may have guessed that this is not just the most interesting story you’ve ever read, but it actually happened just last Friday.

It would be silly to make a decision as a voter based solely on this experience, even though the hour of the call and the lack of apology bothered me. After researching this race a bit further I have been unable to determine who else is even running. Barbara J. Myers is definitely running – she’s the incumbent. I don’t know if Roy J. Casey is running or not. Apparently Myers barely won in 2000 against Dave Cook, who then the incumbent. Dave Cook ran against her again in 2004, but was handily defeated. He hasn’t been able to let go ever since.

So now, my analysis of the race. I read any information I could find and I can honestly say I agree more with Myers and I plan to vote for her. This decision is completely independent of any hostility that I feel toward Cook because of his campaigning strategy.

So, vote for Myers! And contact Dave Cook to let him know that you don’t want his campaign calls.

Note to Dave Cook: Expect one to two e-mails, assuming everyone who reads this e-mails you!


  1. Shaun Dakin   •  

    It is too bad that politicians continue to exempt themselves from Do Not Call law.

    StopPoliticalCalls.org is fighting for the privacy of the American voter.

    1 – Creating a Political Do Not Call Registry
    2 – Testifying in the US Senate about robo calls (Sen. Feinstein’s Robocall Privacy Act)
    3 – Forcing states to enforce existing robo call laws (CA, MN, NJ, etc..)
    4 – Getting politicians to take a do not robo call pledge (7 have)

    As I testified at the US. Senate these robo calls are an epidemic and this election cycle “phone spam” and are invading the privacy of All American Voters.

    Our members are taking a stand and saying enough is enough at the National Political Do Not Contact Registry at StopPoliticalCalls.org.

    Here is a quote from a member recently:

    “I’m a shift worker, working variable shifts. I depend on my sleep to be able to do my job safely and efficiently. I’m a locomotive engineer. Imagine the disaster were I to fall asleep, operating a freight train carrying hazardous materials in your neighborhood, due to fatigue from being awoken in my middle of the night on a continuous basis during election season. Please stop..”

    Learn more.

    Shaun Dakin
    A non-profit fighting for the privacy of the American voter

  2. john639   •  

    I too receive many robocalls from this guy and since I have a pay-as-you-go plan each one costs me $1.00. To date he has cost me close to $10.00. On top of that he is a republican and with the current state of republican education ideas to abolish public schools and turn them all into voucher systems where we, the tax payers have to pay for their religious private school curriculum I would run as fast as you can from voting for any Republican official.

  3. NevadaBrad   •     Author

    Thanks for the comment! I’m sure your opinion is based on the excellent public education that kids received here in Nevada. Nevada has the lowest graduation rate in the country, so it’s absurd that parents would want to take their kids out of public schools. Parents should be content to have stupid, brainwashed children. That’s your point, right?

    Areas that allow students to leave schools that are underperforming do amazing things for children. Your ignorant comments show that you are a) a bigot and b) not concerned about the education of kids. You prefer to give kids a poor education instead of daring to give them a religious – and probably much better – education.

    The real question is this: Why is it okay for me to be forced to pay for kids to receive a purely secular education? I want kids to have a religious education, but I don’t have that choice. With vouchers there would at least be a choice. But you don’t really want that, do you? You want it your way or not at all.

    The brainwashing worked on you and a whole generation of Obama voters. It’s part of the reason why Harry Reid is still in office. And it’s the reason why you would prefer that kids stay dumb instead of having a voucher to go to a good school. But learning is a lifelong pursuit. There’s still time to get smart and find the truth about this issue.

    As a sidenote, this blog post was written four years ago. I haven’t thought of Dave Cook since. If he supports giving kids an opportunity to escape failing public schools then I am 100% behind him on that point. But I still think robo-calls stink.


  4. s   •  

    Dave’s number is listed as 775.885.1454

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