reply to post by Aaron_Justin
I've commuted between two states, primarily, the past few years.
The constituent meetings I've attended in Texas were more like "here's what I've done for you," than "look what you're doing to my country."
But that was a while back.
In Indiana, they are more confrontational, but not accusatory or 'shouting matches.'
I don't see that the current recess demands that health care be the only focus, nor has it been. We've had a stimulus bill, bailouts, car talk,
jobs/unemployment, cap and trade, education and financial aid, and smaller, more local, issues to address.
Given the abundance of issues, a single spokeperson seems far too restrictive.
It has always been my
representatives' staff that tried to at least set a format, if not an agenda. As a practical matter, the rep and staff
are completely responsible for the conduct, good or bad, of a constituents' meeting.
They set them up, they present the rep., they set the tone.
A "representative" has to be able to state what they've done, why they've done it and how this compares to their election promises/mandates.
If they don't enjoy the meetings, it's their own faults, not those of the citizens motivated enough to attend and speak out.