Locals angry over Rep. Goodlatte’s attendance at town hall meetings

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Hundreds of people angered and outraged that Congressman Bob Goodlatte did not show up to a town hall meeting Wednesday, but the congressman says he let them know last week he couldn’t make it.

Instead the organizers made sure Goodlatte’s presence was known.

The group says congressman Goodlatte has not attended a town hall meeting in person since 2013.

The group called Roanoke Indivisible went to great lengths to make sure everyone saw their elected representative.

The senior center in Vinton filled to capacity, people even standing outside the door waiting to get in.

All to see Congressman Goodlatte.

People asked the cardboard cutout questions about the affordable care act, corruption, education and many other topics.

Just like in the past they say they didn’t expect to get any answers.

Congressman Goodlatte said he informed them he couldn’t make the meeting last week ago.

“I meet regularly with groups or individuals who have requested appointments, attend community events, and correspond with constituents who have contacted my office via phone, email, postal mail, and social media.
In addition, I host telephone town hall calls that allow me to reach thousands of people at once and take questions from callers as they all listen,” said Congressman Bob Goodlatte.

Although Goodlatte was a no show, plenty of taxpayers came out to express their views.

“Even though, I am still personally concerned about the direction, the political direction of our country, I am incredibility optimistic when I see this amount of energy and attention that everyday citizens are now devoting to civic participation because I think that is good for all of us as Americans,” said Ivonne Wallace Fuentes, founder of Roanoke Indivisible.

The group wouldn’t say how long they gave the congressman to respond to their request to attend the town hall.

They plans to hold another town hall in April and will invite Goodlatte to that one as well.

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