MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — It was a busy day for U.S. Representative Jason Lewis, as he held three separate town halls.

One of them was in Wabasha, one in Lakeville and one in Jordan.

Not only did the Minnesota Republican answer questions about taxes, but he also commented on other pressing issues, like gun violence.

His answer when asked about the recent accidentally shooting of a seven-year-old boy in Plymouth, and if there’s a need for more gun safety training: “A lot of this is left to the state. For instance, the 21-year-old age. Some states have 21. In Minnesota, we don’t. We actually go down with an adult (as) I believe 16, in our hunting culture. I couldn’t agree more that everybody ought to know how to use a firearm and ought to have a training system, but the problem with some of these laws is that it doesn’t ensure that people will do them.”

The meetings represented Lewis’s first in-person town halls.

Comments (2)
  1. Jerry Bents says:

    Giving congressman Lewis credit for holding three town halls is really stretching the reality of the events. First, and most important, these were not town halls that were open to the public. You could only attend if you had first applied for admittance and then later received an invitation. As a result, the vast majority of those who applied for admittance were told that they could not attend due to space limitations. In the case of the Lakeville venue, Lewis only allowed about 50 people into the meeting when there was seating for about 100 and room for many more.. When I along with others who were present at the site spoke to one of Lewis’s associates and requested that we be allowed to fill those empty seats, we were told that we would not be allowed in as it would not be fair to those who could not fit into the meeting room. In reality, all of those who were present outside of the venue could have easily fit into that space. While the Lewis organization claims that invitees were chosen at random, it appears that claim is very questionable when entire groups of people applied for admission and none of them were given invites while other groups of Lewis supporters were admitted to the meeting. That defies the definition of ‘random’. Also, there was no opportunity for individuals to ask questions of the congressman where an individual could personally ask a question and then follow it up with another. The reason for this was that the method of submitting questions was to write them down on a piece of paper, submit them to the congressman’s staff and then the staff decided what questions were asked and answered. Funny thing was that all of the questions that were picked seemed to be presented in a way that allowed Lewis to go into his patented speach mode where he would spend 10 minutes explaining why his viewpoint was the right viewpoint. There was virtually no opportunity for the type of give and take discussion that would be expected to take place in a teal “town hall” meeting. If you watch the video of this event, you might find that this was not much more than a campaign speech by Mr. Lewis.

  2. What a puff piece! Lewis is the only member of Congress from Minnesota to require tickets and government-issued photo ID to attend a “town hall.” And is excuse of “threats” doesn’t pass the smell test. Rep. Keith Ellison, as the first Muslim elected to Congress, has received many threats but none-the-less has held 17 town halls in the last year — all completely open and no IDs required.

    Lewis does not even live in CD2 (the area he “represents”). He lives in CD4, which is represented by Rep. Betty McColllum, who has held 12 fully open, no ID required events this cycle. So he can just show up to interact with HIS member of Congress, but denies that to us.