Lawmakers try to keep town halls from getting out of control

Posted April 15, 2017

Rep. Mike Coffman of Colorado said during a town hall meeting Wednesday, "He needs to go".

Town halls have become a risky proposition for GOP members of Congress since President Donald Trump's election.

The rules weren't for a rock concert but for a town hall meeting Wednesday evening between Republican Rep. Mike Coffman and his suburban Denver constituents.

The comment arrived like a crescendo in the almost two-hour long town hall at University of Colorado Medical School in Aurora after a woman asked the final question of the night.

"We got a number for one of his staffers so we are at least moderately hopeful that when we call that number or email that email address that they will get back to us", Daniel Fusch said.

"I need to hear from my congressman that these things are unacceptable", the woman said.

"Spicer made a awful mistake yesterday", Coffman said, per CNN.

Coffman won his district handily in the 2016 election, even as it swung decisively for Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and demographic shifts have it trending increasingly blue. It was online, but it was so important to me that nothing come between me and meeting with the public. "I think that what I should have said is I'm always out listening to people in the district, and do my best to reflect the majority of the district", he said. "But I'm not going to do it every day". He told Coffman he supported him because he thought he would be a leader in Congress. "We are importing goods once made in the United States, that are now made in countries that have no environmental standards".

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David Lynch, a Democrat in Coffman's district, was one of those voters who has voted for him and showed up at the town hall Wednesday.

AURORA, Colorado - Republican Rep. Mike Coffman faced angry constituents at a town hall Wednesday night, in an early sign of the political price he and his colleagues might pay for supporting President Donald Trump's policies, including the repeal of Obamacare.

Rep. Tom McClintock (R-Calif.), while largely supportive of Trump, received a standing ovation at a town hall when he criticized the president for not getting congressional approval for last week's missile strike in Syria.

Numerous three-dozen or so people who asked questions pressed Coffman on his support for the American Health Care Act, the Paul Ryan-backed plan to repeal and replace Obamacare that was pulled before it could face a perhaps-embarrassing failed vote in the full House.

Still others asked about the pre-existing conditions, and others pressed Coffman on Medicaid, which hundreds of thousands of Coloradans utilize for health care coverage and the AHCA would have cut significantly over the next 10 years, according to the Congressional Budget Office.

Lance said that while he does not support forcing the current president to release returns when no law is in place to mandate that release, he would be open to potential legislation that would require such disclosure from future presidential candidates. Lance said that he supports maintaining federal funding for women's health programs but that Planned Parenthood should be split into two separate organizations: one that provides abortion services and another that does not.

Another resident, Rebecca Kim, said she recently went with her father to an eye appointment at the local VA Hospital and was "appalled" by the condition of the facility.