Tuesday, August 11, 2009


Never thought I'd see the day

Back when I was "doing politics" in Murfreesboro, TN, the Daily News Journal was a reliable shill for elected Democrats ... such as John Bragg, Mary Ann Eckles, and Bart Gordon.

I never thought I'd live to see the day when the DNJ would badger ol' Bart Gordon like this ...

At a tumultuous time in American history, U.S. Rep. Bart Gordon must go to the people.

The Murfreesboro Democrat isn't doing himself or constituents any favors by limiting his annual town hall meetings to telephone conversations.

The 25-year representative should either meet face-to-face with voters or hold public town hall meetings throughout the 6th District during his August recess.

Gordon announced last week he would hold two separate telephone town hall meetings — conference calls of sorts — at 11 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Aug. 21.

Participants would be able to sign up by visiting his Web site at www.house.gov/bart or by calling his Murfreesboro office at 615-896-1986. Constituents would be able to hear questions and answers during the call-in times and would be able to punch in a code to ask a question. In that format, Gordon's staffers could make sure participants reside in the 6th District and won't ask the same questions time and again.

Gordon defended his telephone meetings last week, saying there was no other way to effectively hear from some 700,000 constituents in the 15-county district.

Not too many years ago, Gordon could hold town hall meetings at old Brown's Store in Lascassas and only 10 to 15 people would show up.

This time, however, we predict hundreds, if not thousands, would turn out to protest Gordon's votes in favor of the $787 billion stimulus package, cap-and-trade energy legislation and a committee vote in favor of President Obama's health care bill, though he voted for it only after some concessions were made.

If and when Bart loses the absolute support of the DNJ, that's when he's done for.

Stay tuned ...

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