Johnny Isakson to hold a telephone town hall amid pressure from protesters

Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., speaks to members of the University of Georgia's Student Veterans Resource Center. (John Roark/Athens Banner-Herald via AP)

Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., speaks to members of the University of Georgia’s Student Veterans Resource Center. (John Roark/Athens Banner-Herald via AP)

U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson is holding a telephone town hall meeting on Thursday at 6 p.m. amid pressure from critics of Donald Trump’s policies who have urged him and other Republican members of Congress to hear their concerns.

In Georgia, U.S. Rep. Buddy Carter of Pooler was the only Republican member of Congress who  scheduled public gatherings during last week’s recess for Congress. Isakson, though, announced last week that he didn’t hold any public events because he was recovering from back surgery.

He and Sen. David Perdue have been targeted by weekly gatherings of dozens of demonstrators outside their offices demanding they hold town hall meetings. It was part of a wave of national protests have rocked GOP events since Trump’s inauguration, even in deeply conservative bastions.

One of the largest protests took place at an event held in early February led by aides to Isakson, Perdue and Rep. Jody Hice in the east Georgia town of Greensboro, where hundreds of demonstrators turned the “mobile office hours” gathering into a chance to make a statement.

Some voters who signed up to speak at the Isakson town hall already received a call-in number. Others can listen and participate to the 6 p.m. call through this link that will let them livestream the call.


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Johnny's web site brags about how he is the chair of two committees. One is the Veteran's Affair committee. So is he claiming that all Veterans are not his constituents, with his claim about Ethics rules limits the conference call to constituents.

So Johnny is my Aunt who was a Marine during the Korean War, not your constituent because she lives across the SC line. She was the former head of the VFW post. I don't know how she will take hearing that her SC area code will screen her out of a town hall with the Head of the Veterans Affair Commitee. She is upset with the $7 copays on each of her multple prescriptions she now takes, using a combo of the VA clinics, Medicare D and a supplemental policy. What is going to happen to her outrage when you repeal Obamacare's and the Part D donut hole expands back wide open. She told me yesterday that the VA clinic is a long drive just to get prescriptions filled.

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I would like to know what the ethics rule is that does not allow non constituents to be on the conference call "aka town hall"?

JBene
JBene

C'mon Greg. Not dozens. Try the real numbers. There have been around 200 folks outside Perdue's office at 191 Peachtree each week since the January march.  That's about the same number each week as turned up for the single pro-Trump rally this week.

oydave
oydave

The Red Zinger Tea Party.

Yeah you have some juice right now for a little while, but back during the campaign when it counted, Hair Boy was drawing tens of thousands while Ma Barker was drawing hundreds. Then they showed up at the polls. That's the number trhat matters