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Arkansas delegation makes excuses for skipping town hall

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click to enlarge CRICKETS: Terrie Root, who helped organize Missing Persons Town Hall, said they heard "crickets" from congressmen in return to invites to appear. - BRIAN CHILSON
  • Brian Chilson
  • CRICKETS: Terrie Root, who helped organize Missing Persons Town Hall, said they heard "crickets" from congressmen in return to invites to appear.
Indivisible Central Arkansas drew several hundred people to a "Missing Persons" town hall Sunday afternoon at St. Michael's Episcopal Church attended only by photographs of Sens. John Boozman and Tom Cotton and U.S. Rep. French Hill. Here's a link to video of the event.

Can the spirit of resistance be maintained for the long haul? That's a good question. But pressing members of Congress for accountability can't hurt.

In that vein, I'd like to note references in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette article on the event. Caroline Rabbitt, who's paid to handle press for Cotton, said the senator did not get an invitation. His office, I can attest, got queries from me about whether he planned to attend. Rabbitt, as is customary and in keeping with the practice of President Trump, deigns to deal only with Arkansas reporters who don't  criticize the senator or threaten to ask him tough questions.

Boozman's office at least acknowledged the event, though claimed time was short to make arrangements. He DID have time to cancel a public meeting Friday and to arrange to be at a fundraiser today, however.

Hill's excuse was that 1) he'd had a telephone town hall last week (good luck figuring out how to participate in these and then to get a tough question past the screener) and 2) he'd spoken to the Little Rock Regional Chamber of Commerce at a meeting open to the public last week. The meeting may have been technically open to the public had any of the great unwashed turned up, but it was on a workday morning and at a meeting to which chamber of commerce members were invited. His day of reckoning with the public will come sooner or later in that he lives in a county he couldn't carry against a virtually invisible Democratic opponent.

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