A local conservative group says it wants local town hall meetings with its elected officials -- and it plans to take to the streets in an effort to get them.
On Monday, August 24 at 12:15 p.m., members of the Western Slope Conservative Alliance will hold a rally outside the Grand Junction offices of U.S. Senator Michael Bennet and U.S. Representative John Salazar. Both offices are located at 225 North 5th Street.
WSCA officials say the two members of Congress have avoided Mesa County during the August recess, and they believe local citizens deserve the chance to let them know how their constituents feel about health care reform and the cap-and-trade bill.
Bennet has made trips to Grand Junction, Montrose, and Rifle during the recess, but did not hold specific town hall meetings during those visits. He did host a town hall meeting in Eagle County and has scheduled others in the Front Range communities of Eads, Lamar, La Junta, and Springfield.
However, his spokeswoman, Diedre Murphy, says he has been listening to local concerns. "Whether it is the doctor from Cortez, the small business owner in Montrose, the nurse in Rifle or the health care providers from Grand Junction, Michael has listened and learned from their first-hand experiences. "In fact, his conversations with Coloradans over the past eight months led him to introduce legislation that puts Mesa County’s health care innovations on the national stage. Rocky Mountain Health Plans is an example of the great work the Western Slope is doing to provide higher quality, more efficient care."
While recently in Grand Junction for President Obama's visit, Salazar told 11 News, ""We are having town hall meetings which are teleconference meetings throughout the district. The district is very, very big." Details for that event have not yet been released.