Rep. Erik Paulsen (R-MN) has always embodied the very essence of corporate Republicanism.
After campaigning to repeal and replace ObamaCare, Rep. Erik Paulsen now is tasked with how to do it —- and his constituents want to know what he’s going to do. However, like many Republicans across the country, Paulsen is avoiding public face-to-face meetings with constituents — and that brought protesters to his office on (February 4)…
Protesters say Paulsen’s lack of holding face-to-face town hall meetings is not a change, but the norm. They say he hasn’t held a publicized face-to-face town hall meeting with constituents in seven years. That’s not quite accurate. Paulsen did have a town hall meeting in August 2010 — six-and-a-half-years ago. And video shows he took questions from constituents at Mound-Westonka High School in 2011. A search of Paulsen’s current website finds only the 2010 meeting listed. The UpTake has asked Paulsen’s office for a list of any other such public town hall meetings, but so far they have not replied.
I find myself wondering, just a bit, what Rep. Paulsen really thinks of the reality of “President” Trump. Deep concern over a voter backlash? A chance to get some of his pet issues, like more handouts for Big Device, advanced, and therefore better positioning for his lucrative post-Congress lobbying gigs? Any measure at all of the embarrassment and disgust that every American of enlightened sensibility feels?
Heck if I know.
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From Mac Hall: FYI : There is a scheduled citizen-motivated town hall event with (or without) CD-3 Rep. Erik Paulsen at 7:00 pm on Thursday, February 23, at Mount Olivet Lutheran Church (12235 Old Rockford Road, Plymouth). The House is not scheduled to be in session, so he better have a good reason for not attending.
On January 30, Paulsen held another pseudo town hall event that he conducts via the telephone — offered with very little notice, with only a select group of individuals, and paid for by the taxpayer.
Another chance to see Paulsen would be at his Congress on the Corner events that he has held regularly (frequently at the aptly named Consumer United Buying Foods aka CUB Foods). Constituents may want to call his office to see when and where he will be holding the next one.