Is Congressman Jim Hagedorn afraid of me?

During his campaign, he repeatedly promised to hold town hall meetings if elected. Since being installed in office in January of this year, he has had one town hall, in his hometown of Truman. It was restricted to 60 minutes, even though constituents attending still had more questions to ask of him and would gladly have stayed longer.

Thursday he held what he is calling a town hall, but it appears to have left an awful lot of Nicollet County out of the loop.

His office robo called residents of that county who still have a landline on a Thursday afternoon, with no prior notice, and created what he is calling a town hall.

Yeah, no.

I checked his official website Wednesday to see if any in-person town halls are scheduled. The website says to call his Mankato office, which I did. I spoke to Julie, who had no idea, but did get back to me later in the day and told me nothing is scheduled, and she didn’t know when/if it would be.

This was the day before his Thursday call-in show, but she apparently didn’t know about that, either.

Why is Hagedorn so scared of us, his constituents? Does he not understand that we are his employer and have the right to ask him questions?

And given what trouble he seems to have scheduling these town halls, how in the world is he going to accomplish his goal of 21 town halls if he only has 17 months left until the next election?

Gina Casey

Mankato

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