Democratic Senators Are Avoiding Town Halls

• February 24, 2017 10:20 am


Democratic Senators have been avoiding town halls with their constituents, even though ten of them are up for re-election in 2018.

Only been a few have taken on town halls, the New York Post reported on Friday.

Hillary Shields, a member of Kansas City Indivisible, said that her Senator skipping out on an invitation for a town hall suggests that lawmakers are "afraid" of the people they represent.

"Seems to me that all these members of Congress are afraid of their constituents," Shields said of Sen. Claire McCaskill (D., Mo.), who refused an invitation to attend a town hall.

McCaskill isn't the only Democrat disregarding the town halls, according to the Post. Sen. Joe Manchin (D., W.Va.) has also avoided holding a town hall.

One of his constituents Cathy Kunkel told a wire service that she wants him to hold one because there are a lot of questions that need to be answered.

"Here we are, and we’d like a town hall meeting," Kunkel said. "His constituents have a lot of questions. This is the first recess of the new Congress in the Trump administration."

But there are senators who are showing up. Sen. Bob Casey (D., Pa.) has said that he will be holding a town hall next month.

Sen. Sherrod Brown (D., Ohio) has had "several" phone calls, and Sen. Jon Tester (D., Mont.) has held a public event, although it was not in the form of a town hall.

Republican lawmakers have been holding town halls but have been met with hostility and anger.

Sen. Tom Cotton (R., Ark.) was continually yelled at and interrupted when he hosted his town hall at Springdale High School in Arkansas on Wednesday.

"The audience routinely screamed at the senator throughout the event," CNN reported. "Chants of ‘do your job' and ‘tax return' permeated throughout the crowd, as did applause for Cotton at times."