OPINION: Host A Town Hall In Sweetwater County

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The following was written and submitted by RJ Pieper Chairman, Sweetwater County Democratic Party:

Editor,

Our congressional delegation recently spent two weeks of “State Work Time” in Wyoming. These are scheduled as an opportunity for federal legislators to return to their districts and states to visit with constituents.

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That, unfortunately, is not what happened.

Senator Mike Enzi was the first to visit Sweetwater County. He toured a privately owned hospital and a fertilizer plant. At no point did he make himself available to speak with voters or host any public events.

The following week, Representative Liz Cheney arrived in Green River, where she met with county commissioners over lunch, and then participated in a radio interview before leaving the county.

As was the case with Senator Enzi, she did not make herself available to meet with the voting public. Senator Barrasso chose not to visit Southwest Wyoming.

This pattern of avoidance is a long tradition among our federal delegation.

They attend chamber lunches, which can be expensive if you don’t have access to a membership, visit private businesses with restricted access, or hold lavish and expensive fundraisers meant for an exclusive group, but never find time for a public forum.

This is part of a larger, nationwide issue of members of Congress not taking time to discuss issues with voters from both sides of the aisle.

Voters deserve better.

That’s why I’m taking this opportunity to challenge all three members of our federal delegation to host a town hall in Sweetwater County during their next state work sessions, which take place over Memorial day, July 4th, and the entire month of August. The event will be advertised and open to all residents. The Sweetwater Democrats will gladly work with the local Republican Party and media to coordinate the event.

Here’s the bottom line: If they are going to make decisions on behalf of the people of Wyoming, they need to have conversations with the people of Wyoming.

Thank You,

RJ Pieper Chairman, Sweetwater County Democratic Party