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.