After scheduling several office hours for his staff to meet with constituents, and writing an editorial about civility, it had been hoped that Congressman John Moolenaar (R-MI4) was going to be more sensible about constituent requests to meet with him at a town hall.
Sadly, he’s not.
Crowds of constituents have been gathering to ask Moolenaar to hold a traditional-style town hall, but so far, he hasn’t. Instead, he’s offered to meet with small groups of people at a time, and has held one of the infamous tele-town hall that his colleague, U.S. Rep. Mike Bishop (R-MI8), has held.
Susan Skidmore, a 49-year-old from Lansing, and one of the leaders of the rally, said she was able to listen in on the telephone town hall, but only a “select group” of people were able to ask questions.
“The congressman said there were over 10,000 people on the call and only 17 questions were answered in the hour he had,” Skidmore said. “We were really disenchanted with that because he thought that was an acceptable option for communicating with his constituents.
“What we are trying to do is just let him know that we are peaceful and part of his district. We just want to talk to him, that’s all.”