Thursday, August 6, 2009

No Plants at Town Hall, Just Local Citizens

ABC News went to freshman Democratic Rep. Frank Kratovil meeting with constituents in Maryland and found no plants or "manufactured" outrage. Much to the chagrin of Nancy Pelosi, there weren't any swastikas either. Instead, ABC found local citizens who wanted to express their concerns about ObamaCare to their Congressman.

From ABC News Political Punch:
There were no lobbyist-funded buses in the parking lot of Mardela Middle and High School on Tuesday evening, and the hundreds of Eastern Maryland residents who packed the school’s auditorium loudly refuted the notion that their anger over the Democrats’ health care reform plans is “manufactured.”

“I went to school in this school,” a man named Bob told me. “I don't see anyone in this room that isn't from Mardela Springs right now.”

“We’ve been quiet too long,” said a woman named Joan.

They came to yell at their congressman, freshman Democratic Rep. Frank Kratovil, and they were surprised to hear that the “Congress in Your Corner” event to which they had been invited -- by a robocall from Kratovil himself -- was not to be a public airing of grievances, but instead an opportunity for private, one-on-one sessions with the freshman Democrat.

As the crowd grew, and began venting frustration over the fact they would only be meeting with the congressman behind closed doors, Kratovil’s aides suggested he switch to a town hall format.

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