Rep. McClintock to host town hall Saturday
Congressman Tom McClintock will host a town hall meeting in El Dorado Hills Saturday, March 4.
The event is set for 10 a.m. at the Oak Ridge High School gymnasium, located at 1120 Harvard Way in El Dorado Hills. McClintock, a Republican, represents California’s 4th Congressional District, which includes El Dorado County and all or parts of nine other counties. He was first elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in a decisive election in 2008.
Saturday’s town hall comes amid a surge in boisterous events across the country hosted by members of Congress. McClintock experienced such an event in early February when attendees packed a meeting in Roseville. Some shouted “shame on you,” others held signs that read “Resist,” ”Dump Tom McTrump,” and “Climate change is real.”
Shortly after the event, McClintock condemned some attendees’ actions in prepared remarks delivered in the U.S. House chambers.
“I have held more than a hundred town hall meetings in my district throughout the last eight years spanning the entire life of the Tea Party and Occupy Wall Street movements. Through all those heated debates, the police have never had to intervene. Until this weekend, in Roseville, when the Roseville Police Department determined that the size and temper of the crowd required a police escort to protect me as I left the venue,” McClintock said. “The vast majority of the people attempting to attend the meeting were peaceful, decent and law abiding folks sincerely opposed to President Trump, wanting to make their views known to their elected representative. But there was also a well-organized element that came to disrupt — and disrupt they did.
Some leaders have criticized opposition at such events as being orchestrated by outside left-leaning groups.
McClintock is far from the only official to face questions and concerns from constituents since President Donald Trump was sworn into office. Last week Republicans Sen. Dean Heller and Rep. Mark Amodei of Nevada heard from constituents during a Carson City Chamber of Commerce lunch. Protesters also gathered outside that event.
Some elected officials have required attendees to prove that they reside within the political jurisdiction in order to attend the event. A McClintock spokesperson told the Tribune Thursday that there would be no ID checking at Saturday’s town hall.