Frustrated Constituents Answer Akin’s Town Hall Challenge
Thursday, October 13
ST. LOUIS - Frustrated Second District constituents today responded to Congressman Todd Akin’s new insistence that he is “not hiding from constituents” by refusing to schedule in-district town halls or meet with clergy, but is instead “worried about a lack of interest in town halls."
For weeks, seniors, working families, community groups and unemployed workers in Akin’s Second Congressional District have been demanding a meeting to discuss their concerns. But after many requests for meetings, Rep. Akin has refused to meet with voters deeply concerned about the country’s jobs crisis and protecting Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security.
“If Rep. Akin is stressed about a low turnout -- he need not worry,” said Mary Clemons of Kirkwood. “In fact, we hear that Congress is on recess next week. If the Congressman or his staff would let us know when and where they’d like to hold a town hall or three, we promise the rooms will be full.”
“Many of us have been patiently waiting to visit with him regarding his disparaging remarks along with his threats to cut Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, and efforts to protect our environment,” said Rev. Dale Bartels of Chesterfield. KMOX reported recently that Congressman Akin has refused to meet with local clergy still upset with his assertion that “the heart of liberalism is a hatred for God.”
To show their interest in town hall meetings with Representative Akin, Second District constituents are encouraged to tell the Congressman, “I’ll be there!” at http://progressmissouri.org/I-Will-Be-There.
If the Congressman has the courage to follow through on his professed love of town halls, he can expect questions from Second District constituents about why he:
- Voted to end Medicare as we know it, which would force seniors to pay $6,400 dollars more out of pocket every year and buy insurance directly from the insurance companies.
- Thinks Medicare is unconstitutional
- 'Doesn't like' Social Security
- Wants the federal government to "get out of the business" of Medicare, Medicaid, education, protecting our air and water, food stamps... and more.
- Jokes about ignoring and avoiding constituents
Two weeks ago, the Missouri Progressive Vote Coalition (Missouri ProVote), Missouri Alliance for Retired Americans and Progress Missouri launched the http://AskToddAkin.com website and social media campaign to provide constituents with a new opportunity to share their concerns with their representative in Washington. AskToddAkin.com also highlights Congressman Akin’s radical positions on Medicare, Social Security and other important programs.