Cowardly members of Congress should show up and face the public at town-hall meetings


From the pages of the Kansas City Star:

If you’re a member of Congress, Facebook is no longer about your “friends.”

Not this week.

Posts lately are testy, leveled at senators and representatives who are dodging constituents. Congress is in recess and voters know that their elected officials have left their normal haunts in Washington, D.C., to return to their home districts.

That means they are in striking range, at least theoretically. If only these elected officials would be brave enough to show their faces in public.

Voters are clamoring to meet members of Congress face-to-face at town halls, with few takers. Salon reports that only 19 members of Congress are holding town halls this week, with most ducking their critics for more favorable crowds at smaller, more exclusive events, like the Rotary gathering that Sen. Pat Roberts is scheduled to appear at Wednesday at the Wichita Country Club.

So constituents have taken to congressional Facebook pages as one of the few ways they can get the ear of their member of Congress, sort of. It’s more likely that they’ll reach the eyeball of a staffer who may or may not convey the message.

You can read the rest at the Kansas City Star.

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