Editor: I was excited to read last week that Congresswoman Barbara Comstock had finally decided to conduct a town hall meeting after so many of us had urged her to do so and she had not.
However, my excitement abated a bit when I learned how this “town hall” meeting was to be conducted. We had to sign up one day ahead and give her our home phone number (which I did) and we would be contacted. I wanted to ask her about the recent travel ban or how she and her colleagues were going to finally provide better health care that would cover pre-existing conditions, allow those 26 and under to stay on their parents plans and cost less).
Her call-in show started at 7:30 p.m. and I was contacted at 7:40 p.m. and asked to join in. I was then instructed to touch “star 3” if I wanted to ask a question which I did. I was then asked by a staffer at 8:20 p.m. what I wanted to discuss and told her. I told her what I wanted to ask.
However at 8:30 p.m. Congresswoman Comstock stopped the phone-in saying there were 6,000 calls and she could not get to them all.
My question then for congresswoman Comstock is why not hold a regular Town Hall meeting with real people in the same room at a large place like National Conference Center? People could provide questions ahead of time and at the door.
Politico has reported Rep. Comstock scheduled two town hall forums on Saturday but failed to appear at either one. Apparently, she was concerned the questions from her outraged constituents would be too hard to answer, so is this why she chose the call-in route?
Anthony V. Fasolo, Leesburg