Concerning the letters about Rep. Jim Hagedorn's recent telephone town hall: I'm trying to figure out the level of self-importance someone must posses to believe the reason an elected official is not meeting with them is because he or she is afraid of them.
Using that logic, if I go to Sen. Klobuchar's office every week and she doesn't meet with me, it's because she's scared of me. If I go to a town hall and don't get to ask Gov. Walz a question, he's scared of me, too.
Or, it could be that with hundreds of thousands of constituents, it's not possible for elected officials to interact with every single constituent. That's why they hire staff and schedulers.
I find it curious how those bemoaning their lack of access to Hagedorn have also stated they have talked to staff, written letters and made phone calls. That sounds an awful lot like access to me.
Hagedorn committed to having a town hall in all 21 counties over the next year. It's been less than one month since he made that commitment. His critics might want to dial down the outrage while he follows through with this commitment.