Facebook ‘fans’ of State Senator Ginny Burdick were surprised to learn that the Oregon State legislator held a Town Hall meeting March 27th. Apparently it was an invitation only affair, because the only invitation I could find appeared only less than 24 hours before the event on the facebook page of the actual venue, the Mirabella Retirement Community (see screen cap below).
You may recall that the gun hating Senator cancelled her March 4th Town Hall at Portland State University claiming a ‘scheduling conflict’ but in fact stayed home. Burdick’s ‘scheduling conflict’ consisted of bringing home her take out dinner and then taking in her garbage can as recorded by a citizen journalist.
She then began a campaign strategy known as “throw every excuse against the wall and see what sticks,” claiming she was “threatened” “by the gun lobby” (constituents who own fire arms) and that’s why she didn’t attend the meeting. She eventually landed upon cancelling it for the children because she couldn’t have such riff raff on a college campus. As if that wasn’t guffaw inducing enough, she then doubled down on her sorry excuses by going on the Al Sharpton show to complain about the hectoring (cranky emails and facebook posts) by “gun extremists” (people who believe in the Second Amendment of the US Constitution) in the “gun lobby.” Well, at least she went to the right place, Sharpton’s an expert on hectoring people. And lying. He’s good at that too.
When I made a public records request for her to produce the documented threats she lateralled my request to the legislative counsel’s office which claimed she didn’t have to produce documents while the legislature is in session. She could produce the documents if she wanted to, she just doesn’t want to. Of course, to produce documented threats she would have to possess proof. Draw your own conclusion.
Among Burdick’s anti gun legislation this legislature: limiting Oregon citizens to ONE gun, allowing cops to search your home every year to make sure you are properly storing your weapons, reducing magazine sizes, outlawing most hand guns, banning guns on school campuses and other assorted anti gun laws.
So it appears that now the so called public servant only wants to serve the public who agrees with her and is now selecting her audiences and announcing the events afterward. You have to be on her email list to find out there even was a town hall or check out her spottily updated facebook page after the fact (see screen cap). A google search on the town hall turned up one advance mention: at the venue’s facebook page. Gee, why didn’t we think to look there before? Oh, wait…
No one in official Oregon has condemned her political cowardice for cancelling the first town hall or her lies following it. Many of her Democrat contemporaries loved the joke on the “wacko” “gun extremists,” by “liking” her town hall post. In fact, the left has so far applauded her for standing up to the gun ‘nuts’ with the “Rambo complex.’ Lying to constituents to avoid them is OK in Oregon now. Duly noted. We’ll make sure everyone remembers at election time.