Matt Comer

A real Congressional town hall

Filed By Matt Comer | September 08, 2009 1:30 PM | comments

Filed in: Living, Politics
Tags: Charlotte North Carolina, Congressional address, health care reform, North Carolina, Sue Myrick, town halls

Do you have a somewhat sadistic fetish for all the yelling, screaming and downright crazy antics at the U.S. House members' and Senators' town halls across the country?

Well then, you might want to join U.S. Rep. Sue Myrick (R-NC) in her call for a similar forum for both houses of Congress. It seems a simple presidential address to Congress isn't enough for Myrick (who is my representative, by the way). It looks as though she wants to bring the screaming matches right up to the floor of the federal legislature -- but I guess that's just par for the course for the People's House.

The News & Observer (Raleigh, N.C.) reports Myrick has sent a letter to Obama, asking him to forgo his address and instead take up the opportunity to hear the feedback Senators and Representatives have been getting in their districts.

U.S. Rep. Sue Myrick has written to President Barack Obama, offering an alternative to his speech about health-care reform to a joint session of Congress on Wednesday.

The Charlotte Republican suggests that lawmakers do the talking, briefing Obama about what they heard from citizens at town hall meetings recently.

"I ask that instead of simply giving a speech to both Houses of Congress that you would hold a session allowing Representatives and Senators from both sides of the aisle to tell you what we've heard over the past several months from our constituents -- what their likes, dislikes, and questions are regarding health care reform," she wrote. "In this capacity, the thoughts of the American people would be presented to those who will ultimately be making these decisions."

Don't let Myrick fool you, though. She isn't really as conservative as she pretends.

Before running for the House -- way back when she was mayor of Charlotte and long before she had to play to a rabid, conservative and sometimes lunatic fringe of the Republican Party -- she was pretty even-handed, going so far as to send a nice little letter of welcome to PFLAG's national convention, held in Charlotte in 1991. That's a courtesy our current Republican mayor has never extended to the annual Human Rights Campaign gala, and only a few times to our Pride festival (before cowering in the face of radical anti-gay street preachers).

I'm sure Myrick's Republican base will cheer her as a hero for her letter to Obama. Too bad they have no idea: They're getting played.

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Chalk that up to the stupidest idea yet.