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Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Reply to Bobby Bright

Dear Bobby,

I have a hard time believing your email below. I've been to three of your events, twice you did not show up. I am very concerned about your being non-responsive to the Tea Partys, 912 and Campaign for Liberty groups numerous requests for a townhall meeting. You are avoiding them, I hate say, like a coward. They are not extremist or liars as you proclaimed on the radio (WMNT). They are honest hard working, patriotic Americans.

I've been trying to give you the benefit of doubt, but you lost it last week. I can't trust what you say, and now many feel the same.

I don't know how in the world you can claim to be a Conservative, you are not. I will work my hardest to dis-spell that image and shed the light of truth on you.

I also consider you a compromiser and very dangerous to our freedoms. I think you have no idea what the Constitution is, or why it is. You do no understand or appreciate Federalism. You have already betrayed your oath of office to protect and defend the Constitution.

I will not support you if I cannot trust you with this sacred privilege.


Rob John

On Wed, Sep 2, 2009 at 11:11 AM, Congressman Bobby Bright wrote:

September 02, 2009

Dear Rob ,

Last Wednesday, my office hosted our sixth telephone town hall. I talked to and fielded calls from people around the Second District from my congressional office in Montgomery. Over 4,400 stayed on the line for any part of the town hall. Many of the questions focused on health care, but participants were given the chance to ask about any issue they chose. If listeners’ questions were not answered, they could leave a message for me or my staff.

As you know, I place a very high priority on listening to and communicating with my constituents. I have heard overwhelmingly positive feedback from our previous telephone town halls because they are an effective way for me to talk to so many folks in my district and to better understand their concerns and views.

In addition to health care concerns, questions included the “cap and trade” energy bill, veterans’ issues, the national debt and deficit, Social Security and Medicare, the Second Amendment, poverty, and immigration. 23 people were able to ask questions during the call, and 103 people left voicemails.

From the beginning, I have been opposed to the current health care legislation in Congress. It is clear from this call- where a poll we conducted showed that 77% of listeners were opposed to the bill- and from my many conversations with citizens across the Second District, that they are also opposed to the health care proposal.

Telephone town halls are not the only way I’ve kept in touch with you, however. On Monday, I concluded a tour of all 93 cities in the district, making a stop in Cowarts, which is just outside of Dothan. From the time I was sworn into office on January 6th, I have made it a priority to visit every city and town in the Second District by the end of August. These visits have included Congress on Your Corners, meet and greets, meetings with mayors and officials, citizen roundtables, seminars, and speeches to organizations such as Kiwanis and Rotary clubs.

To serve my constituents to the best of my ability, I need to know and understand your concerns. These visits to towns from Billingsley to Cottonwood, from Repton to Union Springs, have been extremely valuable. In fact in August alone, I have made well over 100 appearances across the district. The input I have received from thousands of constituents will help me represent your views and beliefs when Congress returns next week.

But just because I have visited every city doesn’t mean my work is finished. I will continue to keep a busy schedule and remain an independent voice that puts your interests ahead of any party’s or special interest’s agenda.

As always, if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call our offices at the numbers below. It is my great pleasure to serve you and the entire Second District of Alabama.


Congressman Bobby Bright

Rob John

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