Walden to Hold Town Hall Friday March 23

Dear Fellow Democrats,

Rep. Greg Walden is holding a town hall on Friday March 23, at 3:45 pm. It was originally planned for the Stampede Hall, but I understand the venue has been changed to the Elgin High school multi-purpose room.

This town hall is unusual for Walden for two reasons. First, there was advance notice that actually appeared in the Observer on Tuesday. Second, it is taking place in a public venue at a time when at least some constituents might be able to attend!

I have no doubt his new found desire to hold open town halls is a direct result of the successful “Where’s Walden?” action some of us held back in December. Perhaps the congressman is feeling a bit of heat in this election year?

We all understand that Mr. Walden is a conservative Republican. But voting against veterans’ benefits? Against extending unemployment benefits? Against injury compensation for 9/11 first responders? Against equal pay?

There are so many issues that Walden needs to be held accountable for. We Democrats in the 2nd District must hold the Congressman’s feet to the fire. Here are a few questions we might ask:

  • Republicans want to repeal the Affordable Care Act. What, specifically, will you replace it with?
  • PolitiFact states there has been more domestic production of oil in the last two years than in the previous eight. Yet Republicans blame President Obama for high gas prices. What is your plan to lower gas prices?
  • Senator McConnell has said the top priority for Republicans was to insure President Obama was a one term president. In the event the president is elected for a second term, what will House and Senate Republicans do to end partisan gridlock?

Please plan to attend this important town hall meeting. Let’s hold the Congressman accountable to ALL of his constituents, not just Republicans!

See you there,

Glen Scheele

Chair, Union County Democrats