David Trott, Michigan Republicans, Tim Walberg — February 15, 2017 at 7:11 am

Republican Tim Walberg is hiding from and lying to his constituents, refuses to meet with them


Last month, a group formed around The Indivisible Guide in the small city of Dexter, Michigan had their first organizational meeting. Over 150 people showed up. In fact, their “Indivisible Dexter” Facebook page now has nearly 650 people on it. That’s over 15% of the entire population of Dexter. The one question that seems to have this group’s attention above all others is “Where is our Congressman, Tim Walberg?”

In the lead-up to the November election, Tim Walberg appeared at campaign events around his sprawling 7th Congressional District, most often going to senior centers and sticking to the more rural and more conservative parts of the district, studiously avoiding the more liberal eastern part where Dexter is. And, of course, he never missed a photo op with a military veteran.

With the ascension of Donald Trump to the presidency, the man who once described himself as “a tea partier before there was a tea party” has gone missing. In fact, he hasn’t held a public town hall meeting since last spring. It’s not that Tim Walberg hasn’t been a busy Congressman. He is working over time to “defund” Planned Parenthood, repeal the Affordable Care Act with no replacement plan, and introducing legislation to stop California from taking steps to mitigate a looming retirement crisis.

Residents of the 7th Congressional District have been calling Walberg’s office, repeatedly asking for a meeting. Congress is on recess next week and this is a scheduled break described on the Congressional calendar as “District Work Week”. This is the time when most members of Congress are back in their home districts, meeting with constituents. Not so for Tim Walberg. Walberg’s staff claims he’s staying in Washington, DC “in case he’s needed for a Committee vote”. Here’s the thing: A quick call to the Committees that Walberg serves on (or even a glance at their calendars) makes it clear THERE ARE NO COMMITTEE MEETINGS SCHEDULED FOR NEXT WEEK. Why? BECAUSE IT’S DISTRICT WORK WEEK!!!

In other words, he’s lying to his constituents. Lying. A member of Congress is lying to the people he “represents”.

Let that sink in.

Yesterday, on Valentines Day, residents from the 7th District visited Walberg’s office in Jackson to deliver 20,000 candy hearts, asking him to meet with constituents and beseeching him not to vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act. If the ACA is repealed, 20,000 7th District residents will lose their health insurance. The protest was organized by the Saline, Michigan group “Stronger Together”.

Here are some photos, courtesy of Anne Savage:

Walberg’s staff say he’s been holding “telephone town hall meetings” where he doesn’t have to face groups of constituents and he refuses to meet publicly. He will, they said, do “Skype meetings” with small groups.

Walberg isn’t the only cowardly Republican hiding from his constituents. David Trott is hiding, as well. In fact, there’s a website called “Where’s Dave Trott?”, an “all points bulletin” on the internet.

Yesterday, Trott’s constituents left him some Valentines with messages written on them:

When the Affordable Care Act was being debated, Michigan Democrats came home to their districts and met with their constituents. John Dingell held one that was so large due to tea party turnout that he held a second one immediately following it so that they could all be heard. And he faced brutal hostility. But he faced it and did not hide. His colleague at the time, Mark Schauer, held town hall meetings, too.

Tim Walberg and his Republican colleagues are cowards. They are happy to screw over their constituents to benefit corporations and to impose their conservative, religion-based ideology on the rest of us. But, when it comes to answering to the people they represent, they are terrified to do so.

These men and women face the ultimate meeting with their constituents every two years: elections. We’ll see you in November 2018, Congressman Walberg.

If you’d like to call Congressman Walberg to ask him to meet with his constituents, his office number is 517-780-9075.

  • thinkB4UType

    OK, Wallberg is a coward, but give me a break about the Democrats being all that when the ACA came in. Nancy Pelosi wouldn’t even review it with people. As I recall, it was “you have to pass it to read it. Trump is a nightmare, but you Dems hold a great deal of responsibility for the mess we are in. ACA is on all of you, who have refused to review the problems and make fixes despite the issues being well known.

    • I was specifically referring to Michigan Democrats as is VERY clear in the post. Nice try, though.

      • thinkB4UType

        I was referring to your comment about the Michigan delegation coming home and discussing the ACA. Hard to discuss something that is unavailable to read, isn’t it? The ACA is a real mess and hurt a lot of small businesses and independently insured / employed people. That does not get to be pawned off.

        Unless Democrats own their part in this mess, it makes your comments really hollow and disingenuous.

        The nice try comment was unnecessary.

        • dwsmith6
          • Martin Pollard

            He’s also not thinking very hard, if his whole “I’m above all this and all of you” attitude is any indication. I have no patience or sympathy for people like that, and they have zero credibility with me.

          • thinkB4UType

            I have never said I am above all this, but refuted the “we Dems are Saints” proclaimed in the blog re the Dems who came home to talk about the ACA, and Walberg is hiding. It’s a false narrative and very self serving. Dems have a lot to answer for, especially with the ACA.

            Trump and the GOP have more to answer for at this moment, but you all lost to Trump. Says a whole lot.

          • thinkB4UType

            The bill details were unavailable prior to it being passed, which was the time frame behind referred to here. I’m well aware of the contents now that is passed.

            At the time, Pelosi refused to provide details when asked. Instead, she answered inquiries by saying ‘you’ll have to pass it if you want to see what’s in it’.

          • dwsmith6

            To which I refer back to my original statement, you didn’t look very hard. Websites like govtrack have been around for years. Any time a bill is in its early phases (draft, committee, etc.), it goes up on the website. Don’t blame Pelosi for others not doing their due diligence.

          • thinkB4UType

            Your comment makes no sense. If it was that simple, there would have been no discussion or comment by her. Moreover, the changes initially made that hurt so many were Democratic changes: passes for corporations and removal of costs controls. That placed nearly the entire burden for the uninsured on the self insured / single payer plans.

            Certainly, the GOP is a problem, but Democrats keep losing in part because you refuse to own your own mistakes and issues. ACA is a GIANT problem for an entire sector of individuals and families. Not businesses, nor healthcare industry firms, but individuals. You know, the people you purport to be out there for.

          • dwsmith6

            I take it you never bothered to go to the link I posted. If you would have, you would have found out there was plenty of time for Congress to review the legislation. In fact, the House reviewed it twice because the Senate passed a revised version.

          • Mary Fox

            Yeah it’s a problem for the rich who like the just die program

          • Mark Lehman

            You keep saying the same thing over and over regarding Pelosi. Have you ever looked at the quote in context? It does not mean what you think it means, but you’re too busy repeating the right wing spin. Here is a portion of the coverage by Politico at the time:
            Pelosi: People won’t appreciate reform until it passesSpeaker Nancy Pelosi said Tuesday that people won’t appreciate how great the Democrat’s health plan is until after it passes.“You’ve heard about the controversies, the process about the bill…but I don’t know if you’ve heard that it is legislation for the future – not just about health care for America, but about a healthier America,” she told the National Association of Counties annual legislative conference, which has drawn about 2,000 local officials to Washington. “But we have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it – away from the fog of the controversy.”During a 20-minute speech, she touted benefits she thinks will be tangible to the audience’s employers. She said there’s support for public health infrastructure and investments in community health centers that will reduce uncompensated care that hospitals now need to deliver.

    • Delores Byrum Rauscher

      READ THIS ARTICLE http://www.mediaite.com/tv/the-context-behind-nancy-pelosis-famous-we-have-to-pass-the-bill-quote/
      It gives the full story of how Nancy Pelosi’s statement was truncated and warped into the sensational snippet noted above. Like all things Republican these days, distortion and half-(or less)-truths.

      • thinkB4UType

        There is no version of this that’s not distorted by bias. However, the media of the day left and right reported it as different than this version.

        Pelosi is hardly the bastion of truth and virtue. She and Walberg are much the same.

    • Harshman

      And repubs had 8 years to come up with something better and they did nothing but spend taxpayer money to try repeals!! ACA isn’t perfect but it’s helping many and the ASSHOLE put v s can’t stand that!!

      • thinkB4UType

        I agree, but the passes for businesses and the removal of costs controls, those changes belong to the Democrats.

    • Billy Kauffman

      7 different bills were floating around when pelosi made the comment. Which was taken out of context. It was a joke about which bill was going to make it. But great job on repeating BS.

      • thinkB4UType

        Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Tuesday that people won’t appreciate how great the Democrat’s health plan is until after it passes.

        “You’ve heard about the controversies, the process about the bill…but I don’t know if you’ve heard that it is legislation for the future – not just about health care for America, but about a healthier America,” she told the National Association of Counties annual legislative conference, which has drawn about 2,000 local officials to Washington. “But we have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it – away from the fog of the controversy.”

    • Michael Horvath

      How could there be fixed when the Republicans only wants repeal?If you want to repeal the ACA inside of hiding behind your bullshit just say so but you are too much of a coward punk.

    • BillW

      I remember very clearly Mark Schauer standing there are responding calmly and very accurately about the ACA in 2010 despite dozens of Tea Baggers yelling things like “On page 214 it says….” He knew his shit. And despite 2010 being a wave election, Republicans were careful to redistrict the 7th so that Mark was not in Walberg’s district. Talk about chicken shit! Look it up in the dictionary and you see Walberg’s picture!

  • XOS

    We need a list of all MI Representatives “in hiding”….unacceptable and it’s on US to call them out and demand they do the job we hired them for.

    • Bruce Coppola

      Paul Mitchell 10th district. Join Indivisible Michigan – 10th District on FB and help us find him!

  • Jon Ripley

    Elections won’t do much with republicans owning all voting machine companies.

  • 4Catz in Metro Detroit

    Add Mike Bishop to the hall of shame

  • mytdawg
  • continuallyamazed63

    Don’t forget my ‘representative’ Freddy Upton! He won’t face people either. These guys MUST know that what they are doing is very very unpopular with the public!! So why oh why do they continue to persist with their horrid ideas? We need to vote these jokers OUT! OUT damned spot!!

  • oliviacedar

    Rep Huizenga from the 2nd District is smarter – he’s having ‘phone town halls’ that you have to call ahead & register for — so he doesn’t have to actually face his constituents, but can pretend that’s he’s getting feedback.

  • Karin Wraley Barbee
    • Petitions are fine but they are not “activism”. In fact, they are largely just a way to harvest email addresses and phone numbers. Your efforts are better spent making calls to his office and writing letters to the editor of newspapers in his district to call attention to his cowardice. Sign petitions if you wish but don’t let that be the extent of your activism. This is not a time to sit in the sidelines.

  • SineDie

    If he won’t come to you, you have to go to him. What does Indivisible have planned for Walberg?