It was such a surprise to hear that the Wyoming Congressional delegation held a "semi-public town hall" on Aug. 15. It was a surprise because as a citizen, I have asked each of them to let me know when they will be having a public event in Casper. They never informed me of this event, nor did they publicize it.
As a member of Indivisible Casper, we have written to our delegates on several occasions asking that they meet with us in a town hall. We have prepared the venue, publicity and even food for the town halls. All they had to do was show up! They have repeatedly refused to hold a town hall.
I am also surprised that they are calling a paid event as a public event. Not all Wyoming citizens can afford a $35 admission. Like it or not, Enzi, Barrasso and Cheney represent all citizens of Wyoming, not just the ones who can afford to pay to see them. In addition, as a taxpayer, I already pay for my elected officials. I should not have to pay an additional fee to have the opportunity to speak with them at a public event.
No, what Barrasso, Enzi and Cheney had was not a town hall. The town wasn't invited and the hall wasn't open to the public. They had a private, paid luncheon and are trying to score points by falsely claiming that it was a town hall.