-- It's three weeks into the August recess, and Alabama's 2nd District Representative Congressman Bobby Bright is nowhere to be found. The Democrat Representative has not held a Montgomery town hall forum regarding the massive, looming universal health care legislation. So the citizens have decided to hold one for him.
At high noon on Friday, August 28th, a town hall forum will be held in Montgomery on the south side of the Capitol building. The forum's focus will be on the HR 3200 universal health care bill and runaway government spending.. Several hundred are expected to attend. Congressman Bright has been invited, but has yet to RSVP for the event.
"We the people of the 2nd District have been calling his office every single day since Congress broke for recess," says Eric Gerritson, Wetumpka resident and an organizer of the Wetumpka April 15th Tax Day TEA Party, among other events. "Jenny Johnston, and my wife, Becky, and I have spoken to his staff. Jenny had a friend hand carry a letter to his office on Aug 14th inviting him to come but he will not respond to us."
Johnston says, “After three weeks in his home district, Bobby Bright is still missing in action. And his official website
lists no upcoming town halls and no schedule of the Congressman's availability.”
"Do we still have a representative democracy?" asks Johnston. "You can't represent a district if you refuse to speak to its people. We have legitimate concerns about health care and government spending. We deserve to speak to our Congressman."
"In the health care bill as it stands today, we're staring down the barrel of the third trillion dollar piece of legislation in 2009," observes Gerritson. "Where is the money? And where is Bobby Bright?"
Concerned Alabamians of the second district will have a town hall forum with or without their Congressman on Friday, August 28th at noon on the south side of the Capitol building. Eric Gerritson will be moderating the microphone. All are welcome to attend and speak.