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MN-03 shocker! Paulsen skipped town hall

by Dan Burns on February 24, 2017 · 1 comment

paulsen2No, not a “shocker.” I doubt I even had you going for a second.
 

Frustrated by a lack of town hall meetings on U.S. Rep. Erik Paulsen’s calendar, some of his constituents set up a gathering of their own in Plymouth on Thursday evening, drawing hundreds of people who shared concerns about Paulsen’s recent votes.
 
The GOP congressman, who represents Minnesota’s Third District, did not attend. That didn’t seem to damper the enthusiasm of the approximately 600 people who packed into Mount Olivet Lutheran Church, while a few hundred more waited outside…
 
Event organizer Kelly Guncheon, a Plymouth financial planner, said the idea was to show the congressman that many in the west and north-metro district don’t share his views — and want to talk.
 
“Rep. Paulsen, I hope you hear that,” he said. “There is nothing to fear about these people. They are concerned.”
(Star Tribune)

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MN-03: Rep. Paulsen ducks his constituents

by Dan Burns on February 10, 2017 · 1 comment

paulsen2Rep. 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.
(The Uptake)

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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