The “news” at Congressman-Elect Joe Walsh’s first post-election Town Hall meeting in McHenry County was that he would not vote for the compromise tax bill being considered in Congress.
But the take-away message was that constituents should expect a lot of opportunities to ask their Federal Representative tough questions and have dialogue on issues than has been the case with the woman he beat, Melissa Bean.
“There’s nothing more important than your Representative getting in front of the people all of the time answering any question without any aides around me,” he said at the beginning of the meeting.
“I intend to do this more than you’ll ever believe.”
Walsh intends not to settle in in Washington.
“I’m sleeping on my couch in my House office.”
The McHenry resident (he lives near the Drive-In) observed,
“Look, there’s a lot about Melissa Bean that bugged me and a lot about Phil Crane that bugged her.”
Walsh seemed to be referring to the lack of face-to-face contact that both Members of Congress had with their constituents.
“You can do telephone town halls and think that’s good enough.
“If I can’t stand before Republicans and Democrats and answer any question, I don’t deserved to be re-elected.”
Walsh said he purposely robo-called independents and Democrats.
“I want to hear what they say.”
“I don’t ever want to be in a meeting where people (all) agree with me,” were his last words.