April 11, 2016

Washington Free Beacon: Democrats Still Shying Away From Town Hall Events

By Joe Schoffstall

As the Tea Party movement gained steam in the summer of 2009, Congressional Democrats saw waves of fed up constituents back in their home districts flock to town hall events to vent their frustrations with the workings of Washington, D.C. The uprisings ultimately led politicians to rethink such events and back away from facing the people they represent in that particular format.

Nearly seven years later, Democrats are still not holding town hall events at the rate of Republicans for their constituents. In fact, of the top 50 politicians to hold such events since the beginning of the year, only 12 are Democrats.

From Jan. 1 to April 11, 2016, Republicans make up the top 12 spots in the number of town hall events, with Sen. Rand Paul (R., Ky.) holding 50 for the year to date, the most of any politician, according to data compiled by LegiStorm.

Just behind Sen. Paul is Rep. Kevin Cramer (R., N.D.), who has held 42 events. Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R., Wis.) has attended 38, the third most, while Rep. Markwayne Mullen (R., Okla.) has attended 27. Sen. Jerry Moran rounds out the top five with 26 town halls on the year.

As for Democrats in Congress, Rep. Seth Moulton has held 16, putting him at number 13 among all politicians — a number that was good enough to take the top spot among his party in Washington.

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