Healthcare

GOP Rep. Won’t Hold Town Halls Because Reporters

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

While congressman Dave Brat won't hold town halls because the women are in his grill, Representative Peter Roskam (R-IL) canceled a town hall meeting with his constituents because a local reporter showed up.

Rep. Peter Roskam's (R-IL) office cancelled a meeting with constituents about Obamacare on Wednesday when a staffer for the congressman learned that a reporter was present, according to the Aurora Beacon-News. [...]

Roskam's outreach coordinator, Eddie Corrigan, told the Beacon-News that the meeting was closed to the press.

One staff member reportedly scolded the congressman's constituents for allowing a reporter to join their group to which one constituent replied that the reporter did not have to accompany them.

Alexander told the staff member that the reporter did not have to come into the meeting. The staffer walked away, and no one returned to provide any other explanation.

"He just ran off," Alexander said. "They never told me that the media could not be here, and the reporter was willing to leave so that we could have our meeting," she said.

Why would Roskam duck and flee a meeting with local constituents just because a reporter was present within 100 yards of the meeting?

Constituents reportedly scheduled the meeting with Roskam to voice their concerns about repealing Obamacare. Roskam probably didn't want to risk getting caught lying on camera.

  • ninjaf

    It’s not constituents they care about; it’s voters. If you didn’t vote for them, they don’t care who you are. It is only if you are one of THEIR precious voters that they feign any interest. Opposition? Pffft! No time (or need) for that! That’s what gerrymandering is for.

  • Draxiar

    Poor baby…afraid of doing his job…tsk tsk.

  • fry1laurie

    Profiles in Courage.

  • Georgie

    Why would Roskam duck and flee a meeting with local constituents just
    because a reporter was present within 100 yards of the meeting?
    Because:
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    The GOP Today!

  • Aynwrong

    If you’re unwilling to have a member of the press present while you discuss a policy as important as people’s healthcare then you need to seek employment outside the public sphere.

    “…to which one constituent replied that the reporter did not have to accompany them.”

    That’s disappointing. The constituent should have asked why wouldn’t you want a reporter there.

  • If a reporter isn’t in their grill he/she isn’t doing their job. Likewise, if constituents are up in a Rep’s grill then he/she isn’t doing their job, which is to listen to their concerns and then act to address them. Republicans don’t know how to govern anymore.

    • Toolymegapoopoo

      The Republicans don’t know how to govern anymore? The last time they did John Wilkes Booth was a famous stage actor.

      • True, but in fairness….Under Reagan or GW Bush we weren’t shitting the bed every moment of every day the way we are with Drumpf.

  • muselet

    Coward.

    –alopecia

    • Christopher Foxx

      aka “Republican”.

      • Christopher Foxx

        (and, alas, “Democrat”. Jesus, Pelosi, git yer shit together.)