While lively health care townhalls have been conducted elsewhere in the country, here in North Carolina the Democratic congressmen have been criticized for refusing to hold such forums for fear of constituent harassment or worse. That was until last night when 1st District Congressman G.K. Butterfield, a Congressional Black Caucus member in an extremely safe district, conducted an open meeting. At least he showed up and gave a respectful ear to the few dissenters who showed up.
The same can't be said for 2nd District (and my) Congressman Bob Etheridge, who likes to pass himself off as moderate but is really a reliable liberal (ADA rating for 2008: 85%). Tonight this Pyrite Medalist for cowardice will show up for a townhall meeting hosted by the local chapter of the Service Employees International Union -- or as Michelle Malkin describes them today, the "Purple Shirts." Pretty amazing that he would hide behind these bouncers in a Right-to-Work state where they wield much less influence than the rest of the country.
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