Sunday, August 23, 2009

Another Profile in Cowardice: Connecticut Dem to Hold Townhall ... Over the Phone


I'm detecting a trend here. First we noted New York's Jerrold Nadler phoning it in when he was too afraid to face the angry mob from the Upper West Side of Manhattan. Now the cowardice viruse has spread north to Connecticut, where the timid Joseph Courtney has decided he's not man enough to face his constituents.
U.S. Rep. Joseph Courtney is planning to talk to constituents about the red-hot topic of health care next week, but his decision to do it by telephone instead of in person is drawing criticism.

The Vernon Democrat's teleconference Monday evening comes as Congressional Democrats face increasingly angry crowds at town hall meetings to discuss proposed health care changes. Some Democrats have stepped up security or turned to teleconferences, which can reach more constituents than town halls, and be more easily controlled.

Chris Healy, Connecticut Republican chairman, calls it "a classic you-can-run-but-you-can't-hide" meeting.
Courtney's another one who may want to plan an alternate career after November 2010.

Seems phoning it in is becoming quite popular among certain Democrats.

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