Senators are justified in skipping town hall meetings. Since the presidential election, Congressmen, especially Republicans, have faced raucous crowds of organized protestors that flood the town halls with the sole intention of heckling and harrassing the speakers and disrupting the meetings, writes Katherine Rodriguez in Breitbart. Senators like Marco Rubio say they are justified in not attending the meetings as there is no productive engagement. They are pre-planned by activists to attract media attention.
Senators should not skip town hall meetings. Despite the large crowds of angry voters that are increasingly turning up to protest at Congressional town hall meetings, Senators have a responsibility to face their constituents and hear their concerns, writes Nikki Schwab at the Daily Mail. Quoting New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, Schwab says that engaging with the public, even if they are professional protestors, is part of the job of being in government. Republicans need to show courage and attend town halls.