During his tenure, he has met with small groups in
What Meadows seldom does, however, is appear at an open forum where the robust give and take of politics is on display. The events where Meadows shows up are tightly controlled and often, members of the general public have little advance notice and aren't looked upon kindly if they simply show up.
During the healthcare debate where
During that period, even local newspapers such as The Mountaineer, which regularly features interviews with the Congressman, were ignored as the national headline makers were obliged. The constituents he represents had no chance to to look their Congressman in the eye during the intensity of the debate, and he only heard from them through letters, phone calls or emails.
This nation's future hinges on happenings in
But, many in
The Mountaineer joins others in the district calling for an open forum this spring where their Congressman will answer questions, personally listen to their concerns and do what he was elected to do -- represent the people. Meadows has long said his goal is to represent all voters in his district, whether they voted for him or not.
It is one thing to read letters, emails or review the phone logs where aids record the number of people who call in to urge a yea or nay vote on an issue. It is altogether another to be in the midst of concerned constituents who want to interact with their representative.
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