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Hey, Rep. Betsy Markey: You’re invited to a town hall meeting you refuse to hold! Updated

By Michelle Malkin  •  August 13, 2009 03:49 PM

Reader Kelly e-mails that Colorado Democrat Rep. Betsy Markey is hiding from her constituents and refusing to hold a public forum during this long, hot congressional recess.

So Kelly has graciously taken the opportunity to convene a town hall for Rep. Markey — and extended an open invitation. If the congresswoman doesn’t show, her voters will have a placeholder ready:

Hi Michelle,

Thought you’d get a kick out of this grass-roots movement we have going on here in Northern Colorado. This all started with a rant I made to a few of my buddies in an email, complaining that our rep, Congresswoman Markey, is nowhere to be found! Here we are 2 weeks into a 5 week recess, other reps are having 2-3 townhalls to meet demand while this crazy health care debate is raging, and Markey has only issued a vague statement about “small public gathers, schedule to be release probably next week!”

That’s unacceptable, and we’re doing something about it! I mentioned in my rant that we should hold our own town hall and put a big empty chair up there on stage where our elected Rep. should be!

Well, one thing led to another and here we go. We’ll video the entire affair and hand deliver it to her office along with petitions and letters that anyone who turns out is free to give to us.

I’d rather be fishing with my boys, but I’ve reached a tipping point this year and I’m not going to be silent anymore!

Wish us luck!!!!

Kelly Trosper


Press Release
Citizens Invite US Rep to Her Own Town Hall Meeting

FORT COLLINS, COLORADO, A community town hall meeting will be held Aug 25 at 6:30 p.m. at the Council Tree Library in Fort Collins. The only thing missing from this meeting might be Northern Colorado’s US Representative, Betsy Markey (D-CO).

After numerous unsuccessful requests to receive Markey’s town hall meeting schedule Kelly Trosper, a Fort Collins resident, and several of his frustrated friends, have taken the unusual step of scheduling a town hall meeting on behalf of Markey — and inviting her to speak.

“With the August recess nearly half way over, we can’t wait any longer. When other Reps across the nation are adding extra meetings, we still don’t have a schedule from her. This is a forum to discuss urgent topics, to include Health Care reform. We’re having to set one up ourselves, because our Rep isn’t making herself available,” says Trosper, who hopes she will attend.

In case Markey doesn’t attend, the group will have a video of the proceedings delivered to her along with letters that come via email to nocotownhall@gmail.com.

Trosper and his friends are calling their grassroots effort the Northern Colorado Townhall Committee, and have set up a Web site for other community members awaiting information, www.nocotownhall.com.

Trosper says the Northern Colorado Townhall Committee’s objective is to provide a forum for community members to discuss what is important to taxpayers in Northern Colorado.

“If she won’t put together a town hall for us, the folks of Northern Colorado who elected her to represent our views to D.C., we’ll put one together for her.”


Well, lookee here: A new town hall schedule for Rep. Markey.

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