We have learned that the two notes below were sent to Rep. Ryan Costello (R-06) spontaneously by two residents of Congressional District 6 who do not wish to be discussed by name in one of Rep. Costello’s future town halls. Both were sent Sept. 6 2017; no reply has been received as of Sept. 22:
I am very concerned that you called out two constituents by name on your tele-town hall last night, during your comments regarding the toxic political environment. In future, please respect the privacy and safety of your constituents. It is up to all of us to keep the dialogue open and respectful. Since you were the only one to have a voice on last night’s call, it is even more important that you keep the standards high.
I have heard from several sources that you are using the term “alt. left”. Please be strongly advised that there is no such thing. There is no alt.left like there’s an alt. right. It simply doesn’t exist.
What you have rather, is a committed, dedicated and passionate group of Democrats and Progressives who care about people first. We care about human, civil and immigrant rights. We care about adequate and fair health care for all. We care about transparency and honesty in government and as of yesterday we care about DACA and immigrant issues that I wrote about a few days ago. We care desperately about the future of our democracy considering who is in the White House. We do not advocate violence of any kind, contrary to your recent paranoia about getting shot. Please stop using that nonsense as an excuse to avoid your constituents… and please stop using the label “alt.left” – IT DOESN’T EXIST!
By Ivey DeJesus, pennlive, April 19, 2017
Outraged voters shouting in disagreement or “do your job” were nowhere in sight; neither were the protesters or the posters with messages of disapproval. No armed security guards were posted at the rear, and really everyone was civil, courteous and friendly.
Sen. Bob Casey Jr., a Democrat, on Wednesday evening held a townhall – but this was a friendly one.
The live audiences – one in the ABC27 Harrisburg studio and others at three other TV news stations – were a far cry from the contentious townhall events that other Congressional lawmakers have been facing in recent months….
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by Heidi M Przybyla, USA TODAY, April 10, 2017
WASHINGTON — Reps. Leonard Lance of New Jersey and Ryan Costello of Pennsylvania appear to be the only swing-district Republicans who voted for their party’s bill to replace Obamacare who will directly face constituents over the April recess, according to a USA TODAY analysis of scheduled town halls compiled by Townhallproject.com.
Fourteen Republicans from competitive congressional districts sit on the three congressional committees that voted last month for their party’s controversial health care plan before GOP leaders pulled the bill from the House floor because it lacked support to pass. The lack of town hall meetings in key swing districts during a spring break that lasts until April 23 underscores the party’s precarious political position on health care and peaking civic activism by progressives.
Costello and Lance had both voted for the bill in committee but opposed the final bill, saying changes made by House leaders made it more likely the bill would raise costs and reduce coverage for their constituents.
The migration away from public forums has been going on for months, despite complaints from constituents and local media. There have been roughly 30 recent newspaper editorials slamming lawmakers for avoiding town halls and calling on members to face their voters, not only in bluer portions of the country like New York but also in critical battlegrounds like Pennsylvania’s 6th and 7th districts, represented by Reps. Pat Meehan and Costello.
Costello’s office screened participants for his Saturday town hall through the online reservation site Eventbrite and forbid videotaping, leading the local Democratic Party chair to call the event “staged.” …
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