The AP is reporting that Senator Manchin will take part in four town hall meetings this week in Martinsburg, South Charleston, Huntington and Morgantown.
Representative McKinley and Senator Capito continue to avoid them. Capito has been making noises that she may not support the current Republican health care proposal but I don't think she's well-suited for the give-and-take of town halls. And while it's certainly not a town hall, the Morgantown Dominion-Post reports that McKinley did take part in a health care roundtable discussion last night in Morgantown. Other than that, there have not been very many McKinley sightings.
Town hall in Washington D.C. follow-up
When I discussed town halls last month I linked to a Morgan County USA blog post about a "town hall" of West Virginia representatives that was to be held in Washington D.C. and sponsored by lobbyists on March 8. Morgan County did follow-up coverage and their headline, "Capito Mooney and Jenkins Flee McKinley Doesn’t Show Manchin Dives In and Diverts" nicely summarizes what happened.
After Capito, Mooney and Jenkins made brief remarks, they took off, despite shouted pleas and boos from those who made it from West Virginia.
“You said you would mingle,” one woman shouted.
Only Manchin dove into the crowd and took questions for more than an hour.
And Manchin proved himself to be a master at diversion.
It's a good post.