This article is republished with permission from PolitiChicks.
Thursday September 4, Rep. Mark Takano (D-CA) held a town hall meeting in Jurupa Valley, California. Multiple constituents questioned Takano‚Äôs character when it came to bipartisanship.
‚ÄúAre you the candidate who says ‚ÄėI can‚Äôt stand this bipartisanship‚Äô and is candid against the Speaker for being candid or are you the candidate that grades reports, questions the third highest ranking member ‚Äď‚ÄĚ
Before the constituent could finish his question, Takano interrupted him, wanting to know what his question was. After Takano‚Äôs initial interruption, the guy repeated his question. The second time around, he was able to ask the full question.
‚ÄúMy question is: which candidate are you? The guy who can‚Äôt stand bipartisanship bickering or the guy who holds mock interventions, grades reports and questions the third highest ranking member of a political institution? That‚Äôs my question.‚ÄĚ
As Takano begins to ‚Äúexplain‚ÄĚ himself, the guy disagrees with what Takano is saying. The constiuents attempts to point out what he‚Äôs read from news sources that contradict what Takano claims. Instead of letting his constituent ‚Äď the guy who¬†pays¬†Takano‚Äôs salary via tax dollars ‚Äď to talk, Takano interrupts the guy.
‚ÄúExcuse me sir!‚ÄĚ Takano shouts over him. ‚ÄúExcuse me sir! This isn‚Äôt your forum. This is¬†myforum! This isn‚Äôt a public forum. This is¬†my¬†forum.‚ÄĚ
Takano‚Äôs District ‚Äď CD41 ‚Äď covers Jurupa Valley, Riverside, Moreno Valley and Perris. Riverside is the largest city in the district and is one of the larger metropolitan areas in the Inland Empire ‚Äď south east of Los Angeles and North east of San Diego.
Three-fourths of the district is poverty-stricken. The Riverside metropolitan area was one of the hardest hit areas in the¬†nation¬†and is¬†still¬†struggling to ‚Äúrecover‚ÄĚ ‚Äď or go back to the slightly less improvised state it was in pre-recession.¬†Moreno Valley and Perris have been frequently included in TV specials dedicated to the housing crisis. The unemployment rate is¬†far above the state and national average, at a whopping 17.5%. Based on the¬†2010 census, almost 72% of the district is made up of minorities.
Takano hasn‚Äôt held a town hall meeting since April 27, 2013. It‚Äôs now September 4, 2014. It has been over¬†half¬†of his Congressional term since he has held a meeting with his constituents. But that‚Äôs how Washington runs. They ‚Äúrepresent‚ÄĚ their constituents without talking to the people who live in their district. Takano is no different. He‚Äôs out of touch with the people. He doesn‚Äôt know what‚Äôs going on with the people in Riverside County.
Takano‚Äôs too busy rising the ranks of the Democratic Party. He‚Äôs too busy being buddy-buddy with Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid. I know I sound like a ‚Äúright-winger‚ÄĚ but it‚Äôs the truth. HisFederal Election Commission¬†(FEC) Filings prove that. Why else would¬†Pelosi‚Äôs campaign¬†donate $2,000 on two different occasions?
Let‚Äôs call this town hall what it¬†really¬†is‚Ä¶one giant campaign feeler. These town halls serve no purpose other than to ‚Äúremind‚ÄĚ the people what Takano is doing ‚Äď or claims to be doing ‚Äď back in Washington. He has to look like he‚Äôs doing something so he keeps getting the support of the big wigs in D.C. The¬†best¬†part? His staff posted a picture of the event on Facebook, making it seem it seem like things went all Hunky Dory and Takano ‚Äúlistened‚ÄĚ to his constituents. As if.