Congressman John Moolenaar (R-MI4) has scheduled dozens of office hours for his staff to meet with constituents, and has even met with a small group of resistors, but others in his district are letting the U.S. representative know that is not enough.
Pressing for a full, public town hall, the activists stopped by Moolenaar’s Midland office this week.
Is Rep. John Moolenaar missing in action? A group of more than 50 people gathered to make that claim today in downtown Midland.
Sponsored by Woman of Michigan Action Network (W.O.M.A.N.), the group gathered in Moolenaar’s Midland office to request a town hall, open forum-style meeting with the representative.
“I feel our request was heard. Whether or not we will get the response we’re hoping for, we’ll see,” said Sarah Schulz, a member of the W.O.M.A.N. leadership team. “We’ve made many requests over email, over phone. It seems like doing this event was enough media attention to really get some attention from the representative.”
Moolenaar responded quickly, volunteering to meet with 10 of them on Friday. But, the resisters noted, 10 people in a private meeting is far different from a public town hall.
Moolenaar stood by his defiance against town halls.
With a nationwide movement to disrupt town hall style meetings of congressmen and senators, Moolenaar doesn’t see the value in those type meetings. As he sat down with the Daily News on Thursday morning, Moolenaar stated that he believes there is much more value in meeting with people one-on-one or in small groups.
“There is a sense that (the movement) is a strategy to just disrupt, protest and you have seen this in town halls where it is a matter of creating news and conflict,” Moolenaar said.
You’re in politics, John. Creating news and conflict is what it’s all about. Please have just a little more courage and meet with your constituents they way they are asking for. You can do it – just ask your colleague Rep. Justin Amash, who will have had four town halls this year as of Saturday.
For more information about W.O.M.A.N, please contact woman-midland.org.