Times: Dems Frightened of Townhall Meetings

Sunday, 06 Jun 2010 09:44 PM

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Frightened of the reception they’ll receive from enraged constituents, Democrats are avoiding townhall meetings this summer, according to The New York Times.

“Of the 255 Democrats who make up the majority in the House, only a handful held town-hall-style forums as legislators spent last week at home in their districts,” the Times reported Sunday. “It was no scheduling accident.”

Many Democrats are heeding the advice of party leaders and trying to avoid unscripted question-and-answer sessions. Instead, they’re opting for controlled, highly scripted settings like banks, credit unions, or tours of local businesses and community service projects.

For incumbents of both parties facing challenging re-election bids, few things receive more scrutiny than how, when and where they interact with voters, the Times article continues. Many members of Congress err on the side of being visible, but not too visible, and make only a few public appearances while they are back in their districts.

Read the entire story at The New York Times.


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