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Members of Congress are on their August break. Some are holding open public town halls, others (republican) are staging photo-ops and avoiding town halls.

One group of contituents, wanting an open town hall with their representative, learned their lesson.

Monday, in the Columbia Daily Tribune:

Liberal group CoMo for Progress cancels meeting with Hartzler
by Rudi Keller
Posted Aug 21, 2017 at 9:15 PM

A non-partisan Columbia group that pushes liberal policies on health care, taxes and human rights cried foul Monday on U.S. Rep. Vicky Hartzler, R-Harrisonville, for refusing to allow a reporter to attend a meeting set for Tuesday.

CoMo for Progress had agreed to limit the meeting, scheduled for 3 p.m. Tuesday, to 12 members and to filter all the questions through a moderator, member Kate Canterbury said. The group also agreed to provide the names of the people who would attend to Hartzler’s office and a list of topics to be discussed, Canterbury said.

The only non-negotiable point was that at least one news reporter also be allowed in the meeting, she said

[….]

Hartzler refused the request for a reporter because she doesn’t generally conduct meetings with constituents in front of the press, Hartzler spokesman Steve Walsh said. The decision not to allow a reporter was made Friday, he said.

Como for Progress canceled the meeting, Walsh said.

“You shouldn’t need a media presence if you sincerely want to express your views to the congresswoman,” Walsh said.

[….]

Steve Walsh, eight year ago:

Steve Walsh (left) – Senator Claire McCaskill (D) – speaking with the press in Jefferson City after a town hall – August 26, 2009.

Right, Steve, what would you have said nine years ago if Claire McCaskill’s communication director had expressed the same sentiments?

“…You shouldn’t need a media presence if you sincerely want to express your views to the congresswoman…”

It’s about what that member of Congress says or promises to constituents. It’s called accountability. Hack.

Previously:

Oderint dum metuant (May 11, 2017)

Rep. Vicky Hartzler (r): open public town halls are just not gonna happen (June 13, 2017)