Republican Rep. Dave Brat of Virginia complained on Jan. 28 about women asking him when his next town hall will be and about the proposed Affordable Care Act repeal (video below).
Brat told a meeting of conservatives at the Hanover Tavern in Virginia: "Since Obamacare and these issues have come up, the women are in my grill no matter where I go. They come up, 'When is your next town hall?' And believe me, it’s not to give positive input," reports the Richmond Times-Dispatch.
Brat went on to ask his audience to write newspaper articles because Republicans are getting hammered.
The 7th District Town Hall Meeting Facebook page filmed Brat's remarks, and added a caption:
"When is the next Town Hall meeting?" is not an accusation, it's a question. Congressman Dave Brat, your constituents would like to hear from you.
You ran on a platform that you would be more accessible and we could hold you accountable, right? We would love to hear more about things you talked about in this video. #AskBrat
Brat told his conservative audience that he feared the Senate won't pass a free market alternative to Obamacare, even though the health insurance marketplace is already a free market, reports the Richmond Times-Dispatch.
Brat claimed on Jan. 30 that non-churchgoing people who protest President Donald Trump are paid demonstrators, but did not offer proof of his assertion.
Karen Conley, a voter in Henrico County, Virginia, said she recently called Brat’s office to voice her support for the ACA:
Nobody is being paid or put up to this by an outside organization. Everybody is putting in their time and effort because they’re dissatisfied with the representation. They feel dismissed, and that their concerns aren’t valid because they’re not being responded to.
Brat assured voters on his Facebook page on Jan. 30 that he would be holding town hall meetings, after "our first 100 days agenda is implemented":
Over the past couple of weeks my office has been inundated with phone calls, and emails and comments on social media requesting a town hall meeting, and believe me, I fully intend to have plenty of town halls that are open and transparent as soon as our first 100 days agenda is implemented and we come up for a breath of air.
Alsuin Preis, a mother of three, told WTVR that she has called Brat's congressional office several times to find out when his next town hall would be, but has not gotten any firm dates.
"They're always very nice, but have no answers for me," Preis recalled. "This is not about going to a town hall about haranguing Dave Brat or just throwing out jabs. We want to discuss our concerns."
Brat told the news station he is busy right now working on issues, but will meet with voters after the first 100 days, which will likely be too late in the case of the ACA.
"I know they want to have a town hall, and I'm more than happy to do that, but right now we're doing the first 100 days," Brat stated. "Everybody is busy, busy, busy right. If people want me to hold a town hall, you can bet I'm going to do it."
(Note: The etire video can be viewed at 7th District Town Hall Meeting/Facebook)