Scotty, can you hear them? Indivisible group says U.S. Rep. Perry isn’t answering town hall invite | Thursday Morning Coffee
House Homeland Security Oversight and Management Efficiency Subcommittee Chairman Rep. Scott Perry makes opening remarks during a hearing on “critical canine contributions to the DHS mission’” in Washington, D.C., May 18, 2017. U.S. Customs and Border Protection Photo by Glenn Fawcett
Good Thursday Morning, Fellow Seekers.
If there’s one tactic that’s been employed with some success by the various Resistance and Indivisible movements over the last two years, it’s the guerilla efforts to force town hall meetings with members of the U.S. House and Senate, who have often been entirely less than willing to play along.
But not always. Though it’s taken some doing.
In Pennsylvania, the ‘Tuesdays with Toomey‘ movement actually scored some small group sit-downs with U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa. And the Lehigh Valley legislator did hold some televised sessions with voters, even amid some choppy waters.
Ditto for U.S. Rep. Scott Perry, R-10th District, who faced some seriously angry voters in the weeks after President Donald Trump’s election – and who continues to regularly hold telephone town halls with constituents (we’ve sat in on a few of them).
Buoyed by these admittedly successful tactics, Indivisible groups from Hershey and the Capital Region are holding a town hall of their own on Feb. 23 at the Hershey Public Library and they’ve invited Perry to attend.
The 10 a.m. session falls on a Saturday, so perhaps they’re hoping the York County Republican has a hole in his schedule that day. So far, it’s no dice. Organizers say Perry has yet to respond to the invite. And we’re willing to bet they’re not surprised by the reticence.
Organizers have asked Perry to address a raft of topics, including healthcare and veterans issues, as well as the agenda of the conservative Freedom Caucus in the U.S. House (Perry is a member). If he doesn’t show, organizers say they’ll just review his voting record and public statements on those issues.
Invited panelists include Perry’s vanquished 2018 Democratic opponent, George Scott, which, we suspect may contribute to his reluctance to attend. But you have to hand it to the Indivisible folks, they’re wringing maximum public relations benefit out of these events.
We’ve reached out to Perry’s office for comment. We’ll add it when we get it.
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