It’s time to ask your Republican Representative why they voted for Trumpcare, but don’t expect an answer from them — nobody can find them outside of Washington, D.C.
The few GOP members that have rolled the dice on holding Town Hall meetings with their constituents have met with mixed results at best. Most of them are avoiding it altogether, hiding from their voters so they don’t have to answer the hard questions like “Why would you vote to take away my health care?” But don’t worry: You may still be able to attend a forum and ask those questions after all. In more and more districts across the country, Democrats are stepping up to fill in for their missing Republican neighbors.
Usually I get worried when something related to Congress starts trending on Twitter, but the hashtag that’s got me fired up today is #AdoptADistrict. But before it hit Twitter, it began days ago, when Democratic Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney decided that he would travel from his 18th District home in New York north to the 19th District, where Republican John Faso was conspicuously unavailable to his voters:
— Sean Patrick Maloney (@RepSeanMaloney) May 4, 2017
When Maloney struck out on Twitter, he did the next best thing: He promised Faso’s constituents that he would come answer their questions. I’ll bet his answers were pretty different than what Faso may have told them.
Now, more Democrats are taking their cue from Maloney’s plan. Aided by the “Indivisible” movement, the idea is gaining steam:
— Indivisible Colusa (@Indivisible_Col) May 9, 2017
— Indivisible_SAZ (@Indivisible_SAZ) May 7, 2017
But even more districts are clamoring for someone to fill the shoes of the cowardly Republicans who won’t face them:
— Cate Venter (@cate_venter) May 9, 2017
Back in New York’s red 19th district, voters got more than they could have asked for. Rep. Maloney, most of whose 18th district actually went for Trump in the 2016 election, showed up and held a Town Hall that many will never forget. The local newspaper reported that around 500 people attended the event, which occasionally erupted in shouts of “Thank you! Thank you!” Maloney told the crowd:
If at any time the current congressman wants to come here and do his job, well, I will pack up and I will leave. If he walks in right now, I will hand him this microphone and I will go home. That’s how it should be. But until he is here to answer these questions, I am going to be here answering these questions. Let him stand on his own two feet and explain this vote to you.”
Now THAT is how it’s done.
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