Last week I posted about Republican members of Congress who are avoiding face-to-face town hall meetings with their constituents since the election of Donald Trump as president.
I wondered if Congressman Goodlatte was among them.
Based on a recent “open door” meeting in Lexington between a staffer for Goodlatte and several residents of the Sixth District, it appears he indeed is one of those dodging any meetings where he might encounter disagreement or opposition.
According to several of those at the Lexington meeting, the staffer, Debbie Garrett, was asked if Goodlatte intended to hold any open town hall meetings in his district. She responded negatively, instead raising concerns about “security” in the 21st Century.
In terms of “security”: what does Goodlatte have to fear from facing the people he is supposed to represent in Congress? As for the 21st Century: Goodlatte held open town hall meetings as recently as the summer of 2013– well into this particular century and with no threats to safety or public order.
Was Ms. Garrett speaking for Goodlatte? It would be good to know. If you want to contact the congressman and ask, you can call his office in Washington at (202) 225-5431 or get in touch via his website.
(Hat tip: 50 Ways-Rockbridge)