Are Town Halls More Trouble Than They’re Worth? Two-thirds Of Texas Reps Are Skipping Them

Are town halls more trouble than they’re worth? Two-thirds of Texas reps are skipping them

WASHINGTON — Fewer than a third of Texas’ congressional delegation plan to host town halls during Congress’ August recess. Although constituents often expect open forums, more representatives are instead opting to host easier-to-control telephone town halls, small constituent meetings at their offices, or other platforms for constituent engagement out of the spotlight.
Failure to repeal or replace Obamacare leaves House Republicans with few accomplishments to tout at home. And face time with constituents that can humanize lawmakers can just as easily open up shouting matches with angry constituents, leaving many representatives wondering if town halls are worth it.
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