There has been some grumbling both nationally and locally about the lack of town hall meetings by members of Congress during the August recess, with some suggesting that lawmakers are trying to avoid the wrath of voters.
Triangle members of Congress have been meeting with voters, but in controlled environments.
Republican Rep. Renee Ellmers held a $13 per plate federal employees forum in Fayetteville on Wednesday at the local Holiday Inn.
Politico, the online national political journal, has called such events as “pay-per-view” events.
Ellmers has held several tele-town halls during the recess in which voters are invited to call in questions by phone.
Democratic Congressman David Price has scheduled two “senior citizen town halls” Friday in which he will given an update on what is going on in Congress and then open the floor to questions.
The first one will be held 10:30 a.m. at the Community Family Life & Recreation Center at Lyon Park in Durham and the second one at the Durham Senior Center at 1 p.m.
They are follow ups to teleconference town halls he held.
Democratic Rep. Brad Miller has apparently not held a town hall meeting, but he is moving across the state meeting with constituents.
Miller, for example, is speaking today at 12:15 at the Crabtree Rotary Club in Raleigh.
LuAnn Canipe, Miller's spokeswoman, said it is Miller's practice to meet with constituents one one one, and also holding office hours in district offices.