As political climate heats up, South Texas congressmen face constituents

CaptionCloseAs passionate crowds across the country are heading to town halls to speak with their representatives, some South Texas lawmakers have no events in the works, while others are conducting sessions by telephone, mySA.com found.In South Texas, two...

As political climate heats up, South Texas congressmen face constituents

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As passionate crowds across the country are heading to town halls to speak with their representatives, some South Texas lawmakers have no events in the works, while others are conducting sessions by telephone, mySA.com found.

In South Texas, two congressmen are hosting in-person town halls, two are conducting telephone-town-halls, three do not have any scheduled for the near future and one did not return requests for information made by mySA.com.

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Texas' U.S. Senators John Cornyn and Ted Cruz do not currently have town halls scheduled, according to their websites. Both made visits to Texas earlier this week to visit the border and meet with constituents. 

A spokesperson for U.S. Rep. Lamar Smith, R-San Antonio, said the congressman would not be hosting a town hall "this week." When asked if Smith plans to host any town hall events in March, April or May, his spokesperson did not respond.

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A spokesperson for U.S. Rep. Blake Farenthold, R-Corpus Christi, said the congressman typically holds a town hall in August, but due to recent requests, his office is looking into the possibility of having one sooner.

The officer of U.S. Rep. Filemon Vela, D-Brownsville, said the congressman did not know if he would have time to host a town hall, but that he did make a visit to his district this past week and met with constituents then. 

As the GOP plans an Obamacare repeal, Republican lawmakers have been hit with angry crowds at town halls worried about the state of their healthcare, and other issues. President Trump has also called the audiences "paid protesters," which some Texas lawmakers have used as a partial reason why they are foregoing hosting an event.

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U.S. Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Tyler, said Tuesday he wouldn't be hosting a town hall due to the angry crowds.

"Unfortunately, at this time there are groups from the more violent strains of the leftist ideology, some even being paid, who are preying on public town halls to wreak havoc and threaten public safety. Threats are nothing new to me and I have gotten my share as a felony judge," he said in letter to his constituents.

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