AL-05 Congressman Mo Brooks used to just be afraid of “Democratic anarchists and Socialists,” but now he’s afraid to speak with the media present. Last night, Brooks spoke to the Huntsville TEA Party at a “public” meeting held at the Huntsville Public Library.
It was called a “public” meeting because library regulations require that any political meeting held at the library be open to everyone. It was, in theory. The meeting was open to the public IF….
- If you knew about it. Brooks’ office didn’t publicize it. The TEA Party apparently learned their lesson from the last town hall debacle and didn’t publicize it on their Web site of Facebook page.
- If you’re not with the “media.” Attendees were greeted by “NO MEDIA ALLOWED” signs on the doors.
- If you could get in. The TEA Party had a 13-point code of conduct for anyone attending the meeting. Rules included “no audio or video recording,” which was odd, given that a video camera is clearly visible in this photo. Furthermore, the “public” event was “for Huntsville Tea Party members and their guests,” and was an “opportunity for you to understand Congressman Brooks’ views on various issues and subjects.“
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Well, now we understand Mo’s reluctance to participate in a truly open, public forum. He doesn’t want to hear from you. He wants to lecture a room full of supporters and bask in the warm glow of their approving gazes.
What’s a bit odd is the ban on media. When did you ever hear of our Congressman turning down a date with the camera? Perhaps the local news stations have been infiltrated with that most dangerous breed: real journalists who ask hard questions.
Indivisible 5th District, a group that has issued many polite requests for an open, public town hall meeting, has called on concerned citizens to rally outside Brooks’ Huntsville district office today at 2pm. From their email call to action:
Tonight we witnessed a sad new low from Congressman Mo Brooks. Despite turning down our civil and repeated requests to meet with him he held a private town hall, IN THE VERY ROOM where he FAILED to meet with over 200 of his constituents this very weekend.
Indivisible organizers infiltrated this shameful meeting and caught him red handed. We even tried to ask him a question before being KICKED OUT by organizers.
We’ll be demanding accountability tomorrow! Join us at 2PM outside his office and make your voice be heard. Sign up here, we can’t wait to see you there!
Can’t make it there today? Here are more action items:
Call his office and tell him NO, you WILL meet with us before recess ends. Call him up in DC, call him up in your neighborhood. Let’s LIGHT UP the switchboard and let him know this WILL NOT STAND. Here’s a sample script.
Hello, my name is ______ and I am from ______. I am calling today to ask why Rep. Mo Brooks continues to hold private town hall meetings. This is the second time in three months, that I know of, where he has done this.
What is he hiding?
Why does he refuse to talk to his constituents?
Does he care about all people, not just a select few?
I expect Rep Mo Brooks to hold a public town hall either next week or during the May 5th through 15th recess. Please put me down on your contact sheet so I can be notified.
Thank you for taking the time to answer the phones.
Representative Mo Brooks:
– Washington: 202-225-4801
– Huntsville: 256-551-0190
– Decatur: 256-355-9400
Make your voice heard:
Sound off via Twitter!
@RepMoBrooks You didn’t invite ALL the people to your town hall, democracy dies in darkness #letstalkmo #indivisible5al
@RepMoBrooks You didn’t listen to my voice, all we want is to talk #letstalkmo #indivisbile5al
@RepMoBrooks Why are you hiding, what don’t you want us to know? #letstalkmo #indivisbile5al
Call the media
Mo has no problem being in front of the camera, so demand our local news stations do their job! Call TV stations and newspapers–if he won’t give ALL the people answers, maybe he’ll give out answers for ratings. Here’s a sample script to get started:
Hello, my name is _____ and I am from ______. I am calling today to ask you to investigate Rep. Mo Brooks and his private town hall meetings. This is the second time in three months, that I know of, where he has done this.
I want to know what he is hiding… if he cares about constituents… what he is doing in Washington… the list goes on and on.
Please investigate and dig for real answers. Not just canned language.
WAFF: (256) 533-4848
WHNT: 1-800-533-TV19 (8819)
Decatur Daily: 256-353-4612
Florence Times Daily: 256-740-4725