A press release from Congressman Roskam’s Office:
DuPage County, IL – During the 2009/2010 debate over Obamacare, the country was about as energized as we’ve ever seen it. All over the nation, townhall meetings were erupting with passionate discourse – many times the charged nature of the townhalls prevented them from being truly effective and served only as media fodder.
Illinois Senator Dick Durbin joined several democrats nation-wide in refusing to hold a townhall meeting, opting instead for meeting with constituents in smaller private meetings.
A report filed by Charles Thomas with ABC7 Chicago highlights Senator Durbin’s refusal to hold a townhall meeting saying, “…Durbin cited the recent disorder and vowed not to sponsor any healthcare-related townhall meetings.”
In a series of interviews with CNN, Quad City Times, WIND and the Huffington Post, Senator Durbin called the meetings, “clearly orchestrated,” “not productive,” “not constructive,” and said, “I don’t think that’s a productive use of my time.”