My brother just forwarded me e-mail reporting that Ohio Democratic Congressman Steve Driehaus has decided to pack his August 26, 2009 townhall meeting with his supporters, making the event, according to the Hamilton County Republican Party, a “‘ticketed’ affair and handing out tickets only to political friends in the Democratic Party.”
This is particularly rich coming from a man who boasted to the Cincinnati Enquirer that he helped delay a vote on a health care overhaul to solicit the views of citizens:
Health care reform is a complex task that requires input from all those affected. That’s why I joined with other moderate Democrats in delaying a vote on health care reform until the fall. Before we move forward, we need to have these conversations so that every voice is heard and every viewpoint is considered.
Guess this guy wants to go back to Washington and vote with with his party because, well, that’s what he heard when he was back in Cincinnati since he only listened to his fellow partisans.
This guy, Driehaus, who represents the district where I was born, seems a lot like the guy who represents the district where I currently reside. Henry Waxman had a “public” meeting while back in his district, but didn’t advertise it to the public. I only found out about it because I called his office to ask if he would be available, during the recess, to take questions from his constituents.
Oh, and you had to register online for the Waxman forum. When I tried to sign up, there was already a waiting list.
No wonder people are angry.
FROM THE COMMENTS: Rusty points out that one Republican is borrowing a page from her Democratic colleages:
While U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R) travels across Eastern Washington discussing health care reform, one of her only stops in Spokane was a closed affair Wednesday .
Just because the Democrats are doing it doesn’t make it right. Like Driehaus and Waxman, Rodgers should be wiling to listen to those at odds with her point of view. Despite the intense astroturfing of Obamacare advocates, there are people who genuinely favor increased government control; they too have a right to be heard.