Friday, July 3, 2009

Gerry Connolly's Telephone Town Hall Draws 11,000 Participants

In my earlier post announcing the townhall, I wrote about how the telephone town hall meeting that Rep. Gerry Connolly hosted on Wednesday evening was extremely productive because it would allow him to reach out to a large number of his constituents. According to his office, that is indeed correct as there were 11,000 people who participated in the hour long conference call.
Wednesday’s telephone town hall meeting was Connolly’s third since January. The congressman said he likes the fact that the technology allows him to reach thousands of constituents. Similarly, 11th CD constituents have consistently praised the format and have encouraged Connolly to continue them.

Connolly said the telephone town meetings complement other ways he tries to reach out to constituents, including: regular town meetings; senior issues forums; public meetings on a wide range of issues; Congress on Your Corner sessions at local libraries, grocery stores, and other public locations; e-newsletters and mailed reports, and the countless hours he spends attending meetings, events, and other activities in the 11th CD.
As I've said in previous posts, I really like the fact that Gerry has made an assertive effort to reach out to his constituents on the issue of health care reform. This is going to be one of the biggest issues that he'll have to deal with during his first term (and potentially many terms to come) so I think it's very important that he's taking the opportunity to listen to his constituents and consider their concerns on the issue. For those of you who weren't able to participate in the call but want to hear the conversation, a recording of the forum can be found here.

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