No Townhall Meetings For Idaho's Congressional Delegation

Feb 22, 2017

Idaho's lawmakers in Washington DC aren't scheduling any townhall meetings with constituents during Congress's recess.
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With backlashes at townhall meetings held by congressional representatives across the country, Idaho’s own Congressional delegation isn’t setting any public meetings with constituents during the current recess.

There’s a missing persons campaign afoot for Idaho’s D.C. contingent.

Posters announcing a mock missing persons campaign for Idaho’s D.C. contingent are making the rounds on social media and on street lights in downtown Boise. The posters say: “Missing: Have You Seen This Man?” and feature pictures of Senator Mike Crapo or Senator Jim Risch.

The posters are the latest salvo by resistance groups to President Donald Trump. The Idaho Statesman reports an umbrella resistance group called Indivisible, which has 7,000 registered affiliates across the country, has six chapters in Idaho.

Of the D.C. delegation, Senator Crapo most recently held town halls. He held a tour of 200 meetings in every town in Idaho; that wrapped up in September of last year.

Senator Jim Risch and Representative Mike Simpson prefer so-called “tele-townhalls.” In those events, a small number of constituents pre-register to be on a phone call with the elected official. Risch last held one of the digital meetings in 2013. According to a spokeswoman, Simpson has only conducted tele-townhalls. He last held several over a decade ago.

Representative Raul Labrador regularly holds in-person townhalls and staff say some are planned for later in the year.

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