After months of wondering and wishing Rod Blum finally announced that he is going to hold town hall meetings that will be open to the public. The schedule is as follows:
- May 8th in Cedar Rapids
- May 9th in Cedar Valley
- May 10th in Dubuque
- May 11th in Marshalltown
There is no mention of the events on Rod Blum’s website—surprise, surprise—so take the announcement with a grain of salt. Also, expect last minute changes and strange attendance requirements. At the rate Republican members of Congress are going I am expecting loyalty oaths and polygraph test as a condition of admittance.
My favorite part from a recent Cedar Rapids Gazette article on the town hall announcement was this logic from Rod Blum’s staff:
…staff said it had not received requests for town hall forums until after other events had happened. Staff also said Blum was too busy during a recess in February to host forums and has no forums scheduled for the current two-week break that started this week.
Sure, we all believe that line of bull.
Rod Blum will not meet face-to-face with his constituents in a public forum in the largest city in his district. Why? I am guessing because he is scared of what his constituents will say to him in a face-to-face meeting.
Instead of actually speaking to the people he is supposed to represent in Congress, Blum will speak to an event sponsored by the Iowa Conservative Union on April 12th. The event is to take place at a Godfather’s Pizza—Herman Cain tie in perhaps—located in the Town and Country Shopping Center in Cedar Rapids. You can see where it is located here. If you would like to attend here is a link to the event’s Facebook page.
Apparently, these events held by the Iowa Conservative Union have been open to the public but this event is going to be held under an extreme vetting process. Extreme vetting has turned into the right wing’s new catchphrase for “making sure we keep put people who might not like our extreme views.” Or it can mean “keeping out the brown people.” Depends on the circumstance.
As usual Rod Blum’s website shows no public events because he is a coward and does not want to face his constituents save for friendly audiences screened for his approval. It is ironic that the right wing makes such a big deal about so-called safe spaces and trigger warnings considering how incapable their elected representatives are to hearing anything but carefully selected viewpoints that magically agree with their world view.
Rod Blum is a disgraceful representative of the first district because he does not actually represent the people of the first district. He represents Rod Blum and a small coterie of like-minded individuals. 2018 cannot come soon enough.