Telephone Town Halls
ELIZABETHTOWN, Ky. -- There isn't a town in Rep. Ron Lewis's (R) 2nd district larger than 54,000 so he is using techonology to communicate with broad swaths of voters.
Lewis conducted a "telephone town hall" last night in which he pre-recorded a phone message that was sent to approximately 30,000 people in the district. They were given the option of joining the call and participating in a live give and take with the Congressman. Lewis spokesman Mike Dodge (video below) said that the Congressman typically has between 500 and 600 people on the line at any one time and the queue to ask questions is usually 40-50 people long.
Dodge said that Lewis was "one of the first members" of Congress to use the telephone town hall technology and has done two in the campaign already.
Because the 2nd district takes in four media markets (Louisville, Evansville, Bowling Green and Lexington), and at least two of them (Louisville and Evansville) will be overwhelmed with campaign ads from races in Kentucky and Indiana, these town halls are an innovative way to cut through the television clutter and offer voters a chance to interact one on one with their member of Congress.
Video: Mike Dodge explains how the Telephone Town Hall works. Click the player to view the video.
Next up is a trip down the Dixie Highway to a sit down with former state Rep. Mike Weaver (D) who is hoping to unseat Lewis this fall.
-- Chris Cillizza
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