Town Hall Talk: Recap of Growing Unrest
Here's a flavor of the latest bites taken at congressmen for their positions on health-care reform and a rundown of upcoming town hall meetings to monitor:
McMinnville, Ore. -- Rep. David Wu (D-Ore.) held the first of four town halls this week on Monday evening, and if the meeting is any indication of future events, Wu should prepare his defenses. Protesters lined the streets with signs outside the event and "peppered [Wu] with mostly hostile questions at a packed town hall...that brought a political circus to this" town, according to a report by The Oregonian. The newspaper reported that people lined up outside three hours before the event started.
Towson, Md. -- Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.) received 1,200 RSVP's for his town hall Monday evening in a room set up to hold only 500 people. The Washington Post's David Montgomery reports that, "gusts of displeasure rumbled almost immediately from the crowd. Folks wanted to interrogate the senator right away."
Sen. Cardin had trouble answering questions without being drowned out by shouts and outbursts from the crowd.
Lebanon, Pa. -- Sen. Arlen Specter (D-Pa.) came face to face with a questioner during his town hall who told Sen. Specter "I am going to speak my mind before I leave here because your people told me I could."
The Washington Post's Philip Rucker reports that "frustrated voters...booed and jeered him over his party's plan to overhaul the nation's health-care system." Rucker also reports that while there were 300 people inside the building, there were hundreds of protesters and supports of the health-care plan, camped outside.
Town Hall Meetings Today
Santa Cruz, Ca. -- Rep. Sam Farr holds a meeting at the First Congregational Church at 6:00 p.m. PST
Alhambra, Ca. -- Rep. Adam Schiff holds a town hall at 7:00 p.m. PST at the Alhambra Library
Hillsborough, N.J. -- Rep. Leonard Lance will hold a town hall at 4:30 p.m. ET.
Hickory, N.C. -- Rep. Patrick McHenry will hold a town hall at Hickory City Hall at 6:00 p.m. ET.
Charlottesville, Va. -- Rep. Tom Perriello will hold a town hall at 6:00 p.m. ET at Charlottesville High-MLK Performing Arts Center.
Clarkesville, Ga. -- Rep. Paul Broun will hold a town hall at North Georgia Technical College Clegg Auditorium at 6:00 p.m. ET.
Rocky Mount, N.C. -- Rep. G.K. Butterfield will hold a town hall at J. W. Parker Middle School at 6:00 p.m. ET.
Palisades Park, N.J. -- Rep. Steven Rothman will hold a town hall at 7:00 p.m. ET at the Municipal Complex.
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