Over the past week, everywhere you turn there are articles, news reports, and social media stories about how Republican congressmen are being hammered with questions during hostile town hall meetings back in their home districts.
Earlier this week, Erick wrote a wonderful piece on how Republicans can and should ignore all this.
I second all the points Erick made. I commend any representative that stands in front of their constituents, especially those who are rancorous, takes questions, is cordial, respectful, and makes his or her case. This is exactly why the first amendment is so wonderful. We can agree to disagree. We can and should have vigorous debate.
Likewise, I have no issue with anyone, even democrats, that show up to a town hall and voice their displeasure. That is democracy in action. I do however have a huge problem when those on the left and any media report that every angry protester is just a concerned citizen. That like the Tea Party of 2010, all the activism is simply organic.
When our friends over at freebeacon.com dug deeper into this exact claim, what they found was that these “protest” were anything but spontaneous.
According to freebeacon.com, a group leading those on the left goes by the name Town Hall Project. Town Hall Project serves as a one-stop shop for information for any town hall protester around the nation. This group is led and associated by Jimmy Dahman, a former Clinton campaign field organizer in Iowa.
Dahman claimed himself that “all town hall events are organic and happening at the grassroots level.” However, Town Hall Project is actually the parent company of the Action Network, which previously led protest against Wal-Mart and during the Ferguson fiasco. If that was not enough, Dahman’s group is also involved with the MoveOn.org, which just launched ResistanceRecess.com, which encourages activists to protest at local town hall events.
Additionally, the Action Network’s boards includes Mark Fleischman, a former vice president of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU); Brian Young, who worked on campaigns for Howard Dean and John Kerry; Jeffrey Dugas, who worked for John Podesta’s Center for American Progress and Elizabeth Warren’s 2012 Senate campaign; and Rich Clayton, who worked for the SEIU and the shareholder activism arm of Change to Win, a labor group that describes itself as a “strategic organizing center.
Conservatives should keep all this in mind next time the media reports how angry voters are.