The Associated Press ran a story about how three of the five representatives from the New Mexico delegation on Capitol Hill will not take part in any town hall meetings with consituents while on congressional recess.
From the AP article:
Udall and Heinrich, who is running to replace the retiring Bingaman, say they
are instead focused on the economy and jobs.
“I think the most important thing we can be doing right now is coming up with
a plan for job creation and economic development,” Udall said this week when
asked after a field hearing on drunken driving why he wasn’t planning any public
forums to talk to constituents about the recent debt debacle. “We need to
realize that people want us to get out of the deficit. The way to do that is to
… create jobs.”
He said many of those meetings will be “quasi-public events.”
A spokeswoman for Heinrich said he will spend his break meeting with
companies and their employees and hosting a summer job fair. He will also be
conducting a telephone town hall, which she said can reach a much larger
audience at once than face-to-face meetings.
I wonder: If you show up at one of Udall’s “quasi-public events” what kind of quasi-credentials do you need to produce to demonstrate you are a quasi-member of the public?
Anyway, Republican congressman Rep. Steve Pearce is taking part in town hall events (even if he sometimes catches flack from constituents) and Democratic congressman Rep. Ben Ray Luján is planning “Conversations with Ben Ray” across the district throughout the month, his office said.
As you might expect, the state Republican Party is needling the Democrats who decided to skip the townhalls and singled out Heinrich:
“Congressman Heinrich is out of touch with the values of hard working New Mexico families. It is time for real leaders who show up for New Mexico voters, not dollars. New Mexico deserves an authentic voice and an open ear in the U.S. Senate not a politician who can’t make time for his constituents.”