The April 20 Town Hall in Cody sponsored by Wyoming Rising was well attended — but not by our lawmakers. Approximately 50 citizens from northwest Wyoming came to speak to our Members of Congress, despite their refusal to attend or even send a staff person. We discovered later that Senator Enzi came to Cody on April 22, but he did not contact us or adjust his schedule to include the town hall meeting, although he had received an invitation. Enzi has said he is afraid of facing hostile “town halls” but the meeting was civil, informative, and neighborly.
Town hall meetings allow constituents face time with lawmakers—the opportunity for citizens to ask legislators hard questions or voice their support. The town hall was conducted without our representatives, addressing three empty chairs instead. The crowd expressed many excellent, articulate comments. We have real questions and respect for Senator Enzi. He need not fear meeting with the people he represents.
A video of the proceedings will be sent to each of our representatives and will be posted here.
Our Wyoming Rising membership is to be commended for the level of intelligence and commitment rather than disregarded as unruly and difficult. Senator Enzi, Senator Barrasso and Representative Cheney might be more concerned about those attributes than they admit. We must remain focused and clear on our message. The level of character we maintain within our large and growing group will be seen and heard for what we are and where we are going. Those we recruit to become involved and seek to run for the offices who have overlooked our potential will use our voices and our masses when it comes to the 2018 elections…and beyond.
Never the less….they persisted!
Yes, the Cody Enterprise was there but I like your suggestion about getting the story out to a larger audience. Letters to the editor are a good way to highlight Enzi’s avoidance. Would you write one?
How about sending the video to the Cody enterprise and the casper star tribune? Was there any press coverage?
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