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Tea Party, Amash (R-MI) deny entry to townhall meeting; Senior citizens and reporters forced to leav
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Source: Michigan Messenger

Tea Party, Amash deny entry to townhall meeting
Senior citizens and reporters forced to leave
By Sam Inglot | 05.23.11 | 8:08 am


Rep. Justin Amash held a townhall meeting sponsored by a Tea Party group on Saturday, but a group of senior citizens and two reporters including this one were denied entry to the event.

The traditional purpose of a townhall meeting is for an elected official to meet with his constituents in public, giving the people a chance to ask questions and engage in dialogue with their representatives. But neither the organizers nor Amash apparently wanted to hear from or speak to a group of concerned senior citizens even at a time when the fate of Medicare is being debated in Congress.

About eight senior citizens arrived at the Prince Conference Center on the Calvin College campus for a chance to question Amash concerning his voting record in regards to eliminating Medicare.

Once barred from attending the event, the seniors stood out in the parking lot where they were taking questions from this reporter and Tanya Somanader of Think Progress, the two members of the media who were denied access. Eventually, six security guards arrived on the scene and said that both the seniors and the reporters had to leave.

Read more: http://michiganmessenger.com/49211/tea-party-amash-deny...
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