Whether you agree with him or not, you have to give Rep. Tom McClintock credit for facing a room full of hostile constituents at a town hall meeting in Roseville on Saturday.
McClintock answered questions for an hour, and never tried to sugar coat or downplay his position on Obamacare, climate change and other hot-button issues. He needed a police escort out of the building when the meeting was over.
That’s a refreshing change from other Republican congressmen who have canceled town hall meetings, cut short presentations, or sneaked out of the building when confronted by hostile constituents. They are learning that Obamacare has become a third rail of American politics–you’re toast if you touch it.
A cynic–I’ll raise my hand here–would point out that McClintock is in a safe Republican district and doesn’t have to worry about some liberals and progressives who don’t like what he has to say.
The same can be said of Rep. Doug LaMalfa, but he apparently doesn’t have the guts to face hostile constituents. Several groups concerned about the health care issue tried to make an appointment with their congressman, but were told no openings existed for weeks.
So about 75 people visited LaMalfa’s part-time office in Auburn to find nobody there. Notes and messages were placed on the doors and windows, but later removed. The Union tried but couldn’t reach a spokesman for LaMalfa to comment.
At a time when most members of the House are scheduling town hall meetings in their districts, LaMalfa lists none on his official web site. I guess he’s too busy getting his marching orders from the Republican leadership in Washington.
Or maybe he’s just laying low.