NBC29 reports that once again, constituents of Congressman Goodlatte gathered at one of his “Open Door” meetings to ask that Goodlatte himself (rather than only his staff) start showing up.
“I don’t want to be contacted by generic email. I think our representative, after two decades as our representative, ought to have the decency to come and talk with us,” said Marvin Weston, who attended the meeting in Waynesboro.
In a statement to the TV station, Goodlatte said:
I’ve always made it my priority to communicate with the people I represent, and I strive to be in communities across the district as often as possible. I meet regularly with groups or individuals who have requested appointments, attend community events, and correspond with constituents who have contacted my office via phone, email, postal mail, and social media. In addition, I have hosted telephone town hall calls and Facebook Live events that allow me to reach thousands of people at once and take questions from constituents as they all participate. I appreciate the input of all of my constituents, and I am looking at their town hall meeting requests.
If it looks familiar, that’s because it is almost identical to a statement Goodlatte made to the Staunton News Leader in February when he was asked when he last held an in-person town hall meeting in the Sixth District. He added the reference to Facebook Live events, which are even more impersonal than telephone town halls, but that’s about it.
So the message from Goodlatte is that he was “looking at” requests to hold town halls and– two months later– he is still looking at them. Given his expressed fear of “mob scenes,” we have to wonder how seriously he is looking.