It’s been exactly one year, four months, and one day since Jim Moran’s last town hall meeting (which was one he would prefer to forget). That’s 489 days since Moran has held any kind of public constituent meeting. Sure, he’s sponsored forums and events, but he tends to leave those early.
Since the 112th Congress convened on 1/5/2011, there have been 111 scheduled constituent work days, when members of the House are generally expected to, you know, work with their constituents. (See for yourself: 1st Session calendar, 2nd Session calendar.)
The August recess is when most members hold town hall meetings since it lasts a month. But Jim Moran didn’t do anything last August and doesn’t have anything scheduled for this August.
What makes this even more outrageous is the fact that Moran lives literally minutes away from D.C. It’s not like he has to fly back to his district like almost all other members. And he also has a very geographically small district. Many members have to hold multiple town hall meetings in multiple parts of their district because their districts cover thousands, tens of thousands, even hundreds of thousands of square miles. Here, Moran could schedule a meeting anywhere in the district and it would be easily accessible to every constituent in very little travel time with access to virtually any type of transportation.
There is absolutely no excuse for Moran not to hold meetings; no valid reason at all. Why should we stand for this utter lack of respect and courtesy from our congressman? We deserve better.