Local attendees of a Health & Wellness Fair witnessed a surprising incident involving Congresswoman Barbara Comstock, this past weekend. Our readers are well-aware that Comstock refuses to hold a Town Hall. So, it’s no surprise that some residents came out to the Fair specifically to see Comstock, once they heard she was there.
(From The Loudon Times editorial board to Comstock: Hold the Town Hall)
In a Congressional district where it is nigh impossible to meet with one’s Representative, people have to work extra hard to get face-time, especially since constituents who make appointments and make the trek to her office often find that they are only permitted to meet with staff – very rarely with the Congresswoman, herself.
Hearing that Comstock was at the event, local Indivisible member and district resident, Guy Potucek, showed up to greet her, with the hope that he may be able to speak with her about certain pieces of legislation.
Mr. Potucek says he came to speak to Comstock about her views on the ever-changing proposals to repeal the Affordable Care Act, and to find out why the staffers who answer phones for her never seem to know what Comstock’s votes will be, on any given issue.
According to eyewitness accounts, when Comstock’s staff saw Potucek coming, “Her staff informed Comstock via text that he showed up, and suggested to her that she go to another area of the event where he could not physically see her. He proceeded to talk to her staff,” instead.
The staffer that he spoke with works for the Congresswoman, as an aide for Constituent Services. That makes what happened next particularly ironic. The aide told Potucek that Comstock had already left the event. Mr. Potucek decided to mention his legislative concerns and asked a few questions of the staff, finishing with an attempted joke that he was “probably on some ‘watch list.’”
According to several bystanders, after Potucek left, two staff members trashed his views and spent copious amounts of time “muttering under their breath about Town Halls.” After overhearing these remarks, one witness confirmed what had only been meant as a joke: “Essentially, they said yes, [he is] on their watch list.”
(From the Loudon Tribune editorial on Comstock: We Think the Swamp is Not Draining)
Comstock was spotted at the event, after this constituent was gone. We can only assume that she waited for a text from her staff, letting her know it was “safe” to come back. Face-to-face encounter, averted.
“How can we make progress if Ms. Comstock refuses to even be within sight of someone who disagrees with her positions, much less talk to that person? I just came from a public event where this happened, and her staff was in on it,” remarked one bystander, after the incident.
Indeed, how? This is instructive for District 10 voters. These are the lengths to which Barbara Comstock will go, in order to avoid people with conflicting views.
This is the situation in which Virginia’s District 10 finds itself, after narrowly voting Comstock in for another term. Constituents are learning that Comstock’s staffers attempt to discredit constituents in the media, advise Comstock that these residents aren’t authentic or spontaneous, and encourage her to avoid them, physically.
Ultimately, the message is clear: If Comstock is unwilling to meet with a single person, then there’s no way on Earth that she will ever consent to holding a Town Hall.
Finally, it makes one wonder: who else is on the staff’s Watch List?