As a month-long congressional recess gets underway, American Bridge has launched a new campaign targeting vulnerable Republican senators, representatives and candidates who are avoiding holding town hall meetings where they would hear from their constituents.
The campaign, “Demand a Town Hall,” will run through Labor Day, and includes a website, DemandATownHall.us, a 60-second video, and targeted Twitter ads. The campaign features people throughout the country asking their elected officials to hold town halls, and the web tool allows the public to sign targeted petitions demanding town halls. The website also shows — in real time — how long it’s been since each elected official has held a public event for his or her constituents.
The ads will run across 9 states and target Republican Senators, Senate candidates, and members of Congress: Sen. Dean Heller (NV), Sen. Jeff Flake (AZ), Rep. Fred Upton (MI), Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen (NJ), Rep. Lee Zeldin (NY), Rep. Dan Donovan (NY), Rep. Lou Barletta (PA), Sen. Pat Toomey (PA), Sen. Ted Cruz (TX), Rep. Barbara Comstock (VA), Gov. Rick Scott (FL).
“After Republicans’ votes to take health care away from millions of Americans and hike costs on millions more, it’s no wonder they’re trying to hide from the people they represent,” said American Bridge President Jessica Mackler. “But the American people deserve answers and we’re helping them hold Republicans accountable by making it easy to let their voice be heard and demand a town hall.”