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Is it normal/typical for politicians to not want to disclose his/her middle name?

Asked by RedDeerGuy1 (24455points) September 20th, 2023
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In 2021 I called a member of the Alberta legislature’s home office assembly phone number, and asked for his middle name. The campaign staff got angry and defensive. I never received an answer

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janbb's avatar

They probably thought you were wasting their time. That would seem to be something you could find online.

RedDeerGuy1's avatar

@janbb Oh. I never thought of that.

LostInParadise's avatar

There is the case of Ulysses S. Grant, who had a middle initial but no middle name. He was borh as Hiram Ulysses Grant. When he went to West Point, they mistakenly listed him as Ulysses S Grant, which he liked and decided to keep, but he never came up with a name for the S.

Forever_Free's avatar

Only if the middle name is Horatio or Adolf.

elbanditoroso's avatar

Barak Hussein Obama might have been reticent to do so.

zenvelo's avatar

Everyone knew LBJ was Lyndon Baines Johnson and he was succeeded by Milhouse. Gerry Ford and Jimmy Carter were the first 20th Century Presidents without a commonly used middle name. Even Warren Gamaliel Harding’s middle name was known at the time.

So the supposition in this thread is incorrect.

Forever_Free's avatar

^^ Not to mention that Gerald Rudolph Ford Jr. birth name was Leslie Lynch King Jr.

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