Dan Webster FINALLY Hosts East Side Town Hall
In Florida’s 8th congressional district, the Orlando East Side Tea Party was excited to announce a "rare appearance for the Congressman [Daniel Webster] to appear on the East Side of Orlando!" That's right, Webster is such a loyal and dedicated Congressman that he rarely appears on the east side of Orlando and when he does it’s only to Tea Party supporters.
Why might Webster avoid east Orlando? According to the East Side Tea Party,
"It took a great deal of discussion with congressional scheduling, Valencia Community College and the Orange County Sheriff's office to bring the congressman to the East Side of Orlando again."
You might remember earlier this spring when Webster encountered a "barrage of questions from outraged constituents about the Republican budget" at a townhall in Orlando. Voters grilled Webster for nearly an hour with "one question after another about his support for ending Medicare, his desire to see tax breaks for the wealthy extended, and his vote to repeal health care reform. . . " No wonder he was avoiding that part of the city! Accountability can be tough when you're faced with the impact of the votes that you cast on your constituents, particularly critical services for seniors.
So now, Webster has decided if and only if he’s coming over to the east side he’ll only do it with his buddies in the Tea Party. Elected officials are supposed to represent ALL of their district, not only the people that they agree with.
Tea Party members were encouraged to "bring … cameras as a security measure." I hope that means we'll see more examples of constituents holding Webster accountable for not focusing on the issues that matter to them. Instead of a Representative who works for them, is attentive to their needs, and delivers constituent services to all people, eastern Orlando has Dan Webster.
This is exactly why we need Val Demings in Congress! As the former Police Chief of Orlando, Val knows how to help ALL citizens in Orlando, not just friends and the ones it's convenient to represent.