The DC Examiner reports that Gerry Connolly has announced a second Town Hall meeting inside a gated retirement community on August 25th, this time at the Greenspring Retirement Community in Springfield. His spokesman Jason Connors confirmed that the event isn’t for the public at large, but intended for residents of the retirement community and that the venue would usefully provide an opportunity to throw out constituents who don’t “settle down.” If Connolly really wanted this job, you’d think he’d be interested in hearing the views of constituents regarding legislation he will be voting on rather than trying to control which constituents have the right to speak to him. Connolly simply wants to hear only from a select group of constituents, and if you’re not part of that special group, your Congressman doesn’t want to listen to you.
While Connolly’s other spokesman George Burke is making up stories about how people outside of the district are asking when Connolly will provide an opportunity to hear from the people he represents, the reality is that a huge number of his constituents are clamoring for the opportunity to have their voices heard. It’s not as if Connolly is making himself available in any way. When writing to Connolly only gets you a form letter response where he won’t even bother to fill in the blank that would specify the issue you’re concerned with, or worse get you a letter telling you to shut up, voters see a Town Hall meeting as the only opportunity they’ll ever get to communicate with their representative before he votes. Instead of responding to these demands, Connolly is trying to schedule these events in restricted private venues, claiming the people contacting his office aren’t his constituents, and ducking having to face the people he’s supposed to be representing.
Does this sound like the behavior of a Congressman who is confident about the job he’s doing for his constituents to you? It sounds a whole lot more like the behavior of a coward who doesn’t want to be held accountable. The longer Connolly tries to duck the people he’s supposed to be serving, the more his Congressional office is going to be bombarded by constituents, yes Gerry, constituents, demanding an opportunity to be heard. One way or another, their voices will be heard.
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