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Telegraph: Hodes was wrong to shun town halls

September 4, 2009 by Patrick  
Filed under News & Politics

The Nashua Telegraph joins the chorus of media criticizing Paul Hodes’ refusal to hold a traditional town hall meeting:

Today, U.S. Rep. Paul Hodes is conducting what his office calls “a series of health care forums” at four locations in the state, including one this afternoon in Nashua.

First, he will meet with members and guests of the Greater Salem Rotary Club at Rockingham Park. He will follow that with stops at the New Hampshire Veterans Home in Tilton, the Health First Family Care Center in Franklin and Greenbriar Terrace Healthcare in Nashua.

These four events – coupled with a similar forum before the Tilton Rotary Club last week and two so-called “telephone town halls” – all have one thing in common.

They do not rise to the standard of the traditional town-hall meetings – those sessions open to friends and foes alike and made popular by U.S. Sen. John McCain during his initial bid for the presidency in 2000.

And we find that extremely disappointing.

A poll last month shows voters feel similarly.

For his part, Rep. Hodes believes he has been open and accessible to his constituents. (Video courtesy of the conservative blog Granite Grok):

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