Sen. Susan Collins made time in her August recess to to show up for a fundraiser at the $4 million mansion owned by the guy who got Brett Kavanaugh nominated and confirmed to the Supreme Court. But what she won’t make time for is town meetings with people who don’t have $4 million mansions.
This is indeed her policy. She hasn’t had a town meeting in over 20 years, saying that “What happens is usually a few people dominate the discussion, and those who are more reserved or less comfortable with speaking in public don’t get to talk to the officeholder directly.” So she’ll only do private meetings with constituents. You know, ones that she can pre-screen. She’s gotten away with that for a really long time, but that’s coming to an end.
The 16 Counties Coalition, “a grassroots coalition committed to holding our officials in Congress accountable to Maine voters,” is going to make sure. It’s telling Collins “it’s time” that she start “meeting with & listening to the Mainers she works for in a public, open setting.” To that end, they’ve set up townhall meetings in Portland and in Bangor and invited for Collins to attend. Advisory committee member Connie Garber hand-delivered the invitation, and was very polite about it, too.
They’re even giving her a week’s notice, and promising everyone who attends a “non-partisan policy discussion with (or without)” her. Since few people there would be able to write $2,800 checks to her campaign, odds are she doesn’t show.