Ever since Tea Party folks began to aggressively challenge elected representatives at public Town Hall forums on the merits of Obamacare, there’s been an obvious decline in the number of such publicly held events.
Apparently, a lot of Washington politicians discovered it’s a whole lot easier doing telephone town halls that can be controlled and speaking before hand-picked friendly audiences than it is dealing face-to-face with a room full of disgruntled voters.
This got me to wondering how many Town Hall forums Representative LaMalfa has held in Shasta County since taking office? Since I couldn’t recall ever hearing of any such scheduled events, it was decided to go directly to the congressman for the official answer. The question was posed in the following query recently sent to his office.
“Dear Congressman LaMalfa,”
Please advise the dates and locations of all public town hall meetings you have conducted here in Shasta County since assuming office. These events are ones that were arranged for and conducted solely by your office. I am not interested in your telephone conference calls or speaking engagements where arrangements are handled by others. Thank you.”
Here’s a copy of Congressman LaMalfa’s reply. It meanders through a variety of matters, but fails to address the specific question posed. Read it and come to your own conclusion. Perhaps, though, he has good reason to be evasive. .
‘Dear ______,” October 26, 2015
“Thank you for contacting my office. I have received your e-mail requests regarding previous town halls and community meetings in Shasta County.”
“As you may know, I hosted over 20 community meetings, open houses and town halls this summer all throughout the district, as I do every year. I attend several hundred events annually and hold public appearances throughout the district every month.”
“My office does not keep an ongoing record of every public meeting held in the district. It is office policy, and a request of Capitol Police, for Members of Congress to keep scheduling confidential for security reasons. If you would like to be notified of future public meeting in Shasta County, please send an e-mail request through my website and we will be sure to add you to the list.”
Member of Congress”
Dare I Say, a simple question deserves a simple answer.