MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Hundreds of people demonstrated in front of Congressman Erik Paulsen’s Eden Prairie office on Saturday.

They’re upset the Republican congressman didn’t attend a Town Hall they invited him to last week.

“I really hope that Erik Paulsen is going to understand we want open dialogue, we want civility, we actually want to know what he says. We aren’t here to boo him off a stage or yell at him yell at him from across a crowded auditorium. We want answers and we hope that he’ll speak to us,” Protester Clara Severson said.

Paulsen’s staff said this year he has held two telephone town hall meetings, and more than 100 town halls in the past.

Constituents in Republican Representative Jason Lewis’ district held a town hall on Saturday in Burnsville. People wanted to talk about health care and immigration with Congressman Lewis. The group invited him to the meeting, but he didn’t attend.

Congressman Lewis’ staff told WCCO quote, “I am open and available to all of my constituents. I appreciate hearing from them, whether or not their views align with mine, and am committed to representing every one of my constituents.”

Comments (6)
  1. Coward plan and simple, I’ll bet his children that he used so freely in the campaign are wondering why he isn’t doing his job.

  2. Anarchists and disrupters, plain and simple.

  3. Tyler Tork says:

    Please note: The “telephone town halls” mentioned in the article have people submit questions in advance and the representative can choose which ones to answer. There’s no opportunity for followup or for the audience to react to the question, or the answer, to express their agreement or disagreement. That’s not a town hall. That’s a speech.

  4. Joe Kessel says:

    Wow, talk about deceptive headlines and “fake news.” This event was not sponsored by Rep. Paulsen’s office nor was there any indication that he ever agreed to attend the event but you sure wouldn’t know that by the headline. This story is a political hit piece plain and simple! It is no different than if I set up an event called “WCCO Executive Leadership and Journalist Public Dialogue Session” and then invited all of the executive leadership and journalists at WCCO to attend. After which I would claim that those individuals failed to attend “their own event” because they are trying to avoid answering questions from the public regarding their shoddy reporting practices and obvious political bias. I could even get quotes from people bemoaning the fact they have never had a chance to directly address the leadership of WCCO on these matters because the organization has held so few of them in the past.

    Damnit WCCO… why did you skip your own event and ignore the concerns of the people that provide you an audience? That is a very irresponsible thing for a corporation like yours to do! You guys should obviously be very ashamed at treating all of those people is such a disrespectful manner! I had much higher expectations from an organization that prides itself on public outreach like you do! For shame!

    Ain’t it fun creating fake news?