I didn't get a phone call but heard about it from a friend who did, at her business.Apparently Mr Edwards is going to talk about his No vote on health care. The call apparently said it was going to be at 7:20 pm.
I wonder if everyone (2000 in the district) is going to be called or only a subset? Chet Edwards has done this before, in lieu of meeting with people in person-here's what I thought about that then. And here was my experience.
Here's my experience. Didn't get called yesterday. Was going to go over to a friends house that DID get called but for reasons that have nothing to do with the call, couldn't make it. At 6:45 tonight (15 minutes after the town hall had started) I got a phone call with unknown name/number. Now, I don't know about anyone else, but I do NOT pick up the phone EVER if it's unknown name/number but let it go to voice mail. Guess who! When I heard the recorded message for Chet saying that he's sorry he missed me but I should go to his website, I picked up the phone but it was Too Late. Game Over
This was the experience of one of my cousins who lives in Mclennan Co.
.... He was called yesterday and told to stand by and was actually called at 6:30 tonight. He waited and waited and waited and occasionally a recorded voice would come on to say that they were going to ask him what his question was and if it was okay, he'd get to ask it (SO THEY WERE SCREENING THE CALLS) but he finally gave up and hung up. He said he had no idea how many people were ahead of him, the line connection was not good so all the voices were blurry and he didn't want to sit and wait till 8.
When were people going to hear about his telephone town hall? Just if they get a telephone call letting them know? How come he is not coming out in person? I looked on his congressional website and there is NO information about this town hall. Neither is there information on the Chet Edwards for Congress site. I called the congressional office and the guy answering the phone had to go ask and then said he thought maybe he was but he didn't know any details, only one staff member that was organizing it did. Nothing in the Cleburne paper.
This leads me to think that his office maybe has made a decision NOT to publicize his telephone town hall. Until after it's over?
P.S. Got a call back from the congressional office in DC. I was told by Scott that if I don't get a call today and/or miss the call tomorrow, I can call the DC office number - Phone: 202-225-6105- and get the dial in number and the participation code.Um. Have to say, if there's NO publicity that there even WILL be a telephone town hall, how are you supposed to know to call to get in on it?
P.P.S. Also got a phone call back from local Cleburne office and was told there is going to be a meeting, and again, people can call in to the US DC office if they're not on the list to be called. I wonder, even if you participate, how do you get in a question? With my McLennan cousin, he was called the day before and told that he had been chosen to ask a question. Will it be the same way this time? (I also told the Cleburne rep to remind that Chet Edwards has not held a personal town hall meeting in only Somervell County for several years).
UPDATE: No info today (Wednesday about meeting last night and also DID NOT GET A PHONE CALL even though I had been told I was going to be on the list. I didn't, however, try to call the US Congressional office to see if I could join the call because I don't like the whole scheme.
UPDATE #2- Saw this blog entry from last year where a woman wonders if having telephone town hall meetings are even democratic. I think not. I called up a company that does these (not one that Edwards uses), and that person told me that his company does random selections or from lists of people who have contacted the office during the past year. I called up Edwards office and asked Scott (answering phone) for the name of the company that does Edwards as I'd like to know the process and he said he is sending me a response by mail.)
UPDATE #3- Chet Edwards says on this video that his town hall had over 22,000 people on it. Hood County News. Really? The entire district was on that phone call?