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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.


Oderint dum metuant (May 11, 2017)

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