What is most remarkable of this article is that it appears in the New York Times.
“If the time-honored tradition of the political meeting is not quite dead, it seems to be teetering closer to extinction. Of the 255 Democrats who make up the majority in the House, only a handful held town-hall-style forums as legislators spent last week at home in their districts.”
“An examination of public schedules for dozens of members of Congress last week showed that more House Republicans held open meetings, including several in a series of forums called America Speaking Out, which is intended to help write the party’s agenda if it wins control of Congress in November.”
Patty Murray joins their ranks as she holds tele-conferences with no advance notice of them. You might be lucky enough to be home and take the call, if you receive one at all, and might be given a chance for a 30 minute to 45 minute participation, mostly by listening as callers wishing to speak are screened.
That isn’t representation, its political cowardice.