6/07/2010

Almost on Congressional Democrats are holding Town Hall meetings with constituents

They obviously want to avoid the bad publicity of constituents getting angry at them.

Of the 255 Democrats who make up the majority in the House, only a handful held town-hall-style forums as legislators spent last week at home in their districts.

It was no scheduling accident.

With images of overheated, finger-waving crowds still seared into their minds from the discontent of last August, many Democrats heeded the advice of party leaders and tried to avoid unscripted question-and-answer sessions. The recommendations were clear: hold events in controlled settings — a bank or credit union, for example — or tour local businesses or participate in community service projects.

And to reach thousands of constituents at a time, without the worry of being snared in an angry confrontation with voters, more lawmakers are also taking part in a fast-growing trend: the telephone town meeting, where chances are remote that a testy exchange will wind up on YouTube. . . .

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2 Comments:

Blogger Michael Gersh said...

Why should elected office holders hold public meetings? People who come there will just disagree with them anyway. Voters should be seen and not heard, right?

6/07/2010 5:52 PM  
Blogger Bill said...

Seems the lawmakers need a of intestinal fortitude and a backbone.

6/07/2010 6:03 PM  

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