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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.

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  -Tea Party, Amash (R-MI) deny entry to townhall meeting; Senior citizens and reporters forced to leav Bozita  May-23-11 01:48 PM   #0 
  - When the elected officials won't take questions from their constituents...  Scuba   May-23-11 01:50 PM   #1 
  - that's nice. i thought town halls were supposed to let anyone in.  ejpoeta   May-23-11 01:51 PM   #2 
  - This appears to be a political rally instead of a town hall. If so...  Big Orange Jeff   May-23-11 02:38 PM   #10 
  - Those Tea Party people loves their democracy  CanonRay   May-23-11 01:51 PM   #3 
  - Wait until a liberal Democratic congressman does the same thing at his townhall  bluestateguy   May-23-11 01:58 PM   #4 
  - How do they get away with it?  TheEuclideanOne   May-23-11 02:08 PM   #5 
  - Need to have the names of those security guards.  plumbob   May-23-11 02:24 PM   #6 
  - The security guards don't seem too enthused  PatSeg   May-23-11 03:40 PM   #15 
     - Need their names to interview them to see who issued the orders.  plumbob   May-23-11 04:42 PM   #17 
        - They were told the seniors and reporters  PatSeg   May-23-11 07:17 PM   #21 
           - Acting in bad faith is a fine way to open yourself up to civil liability.  plumbob   May-24-11 01:14 AM   #22 
              - Publishing the incident in the newspaper  PatSeg   May-24-11 01:26 AM   #23 
  - Why do RepubliBaggers (R) hate America?  SpiralHawk   May-23-11 02:24 PM   #7 
  - So teaparty people how is that hoppey, changy thing workin for ya now?  southernyankeebelle   May-23-11 02:26 PM   #8 
  - So Tea Partiers can disrupt Democratic Town Halls by yelling  CatholicEdHead   May-23-11 02:30 PM   #9 
  - I expect nothing less from them!  NICO9000   May-23-11 03:57 PM   #16 
  - Understandable....  Corruption Winz   May-23-11 02:40 PM   #11 
  - Justin Amash is a Teabagger piece of shit  catbyte   May-23-11 02:44 PM   #12 
  - Is he an orphan or are his parents on Medicare?  Downwinder   May-23-11 06:09 PM   #19 
  - Can I assume there is NO chance that this will get any coverage  ThoughtCriminal   May-23-11 03:16 PM   #13 
  - note the meeting place  wobblie   May-23-11 03:17 PM   #14 
  - This had to have happened in the Grand Rapids area  notadmblnd   May-23-11 05:50 PM   #18 
  - I dare say this dude has thoroughly pissed off the wrong people  SemperEadem   May-23-11 06:23 PM   #20 

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