News Alert: Recess week is off to a bad start for one congressman: He walked out of a TV interview and into an angry town hall meeting

Rep. Rod Blum (R-Iowa), a member of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, had initially declined to support the Republican plan to replace the Affordable Care Act but ultimately voted last week for the American Health Care Act.
The way he struggled Monday night to explain his vote — through the loud boos of rowdy, impolite and infuriated constituents — is just a narrow sampling of the concern and confusion surrounding Republican plans to revamp the nation’s health-care system.
Blum, a second-term lawmaker, represents a swing district that voted narrowly for President Trump last year after supporting Barack Obama in 2012.
Hours before his meeting, a reporter asked Blum about his decision to hold four town halls this week across Iowa’s 1st Congressional District and why his staff was prescreening attendees to ensure they actually lived within the district’s boundaries. As the reporter asked more questions, Blum smiled and stood up.
“This is ridiculous. This is ridiculous. He’s just going to sit here and badger me,” Blum said as he walked away.

 
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News Alert Tue., May. 09, 2017 7:44 a.m.
 
 
Recess week is off to a bad start for one congressman: He walked out of a TV interview and into an angry town hall meeting
Rep. Rod Blum (R-Iowa), a member of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, had initially declined to support the Republican plan to replace the Affordable Care Act but ultimately voted last week for the American Health Care Act.
The way he struggled Monday night to explain his vote — through the loud boos of rowdy, impolite and infuriated constituents — is just a narrow sampling of the concern and confusion surrounding Republican plans to revamp the nation’s health-care system.
Blum, a second-term lawmaker, represents a swing district that voted narrowly for President Trump last year after supporting Barack Obama in 2012.
Hours before his meeting, a reporter asked Blum about his decision to hold four town halls this week across Iowa’s 1st Congressional District and why his staff was prescreening attendees to ensure they actually lived within the district’s boundaries. As the reporter asked more questions, Blum smiled and stood up.
“This is ridiculous. This is ridiculous. He’s just going to sit here and badger me,” Blum said as he walked away.
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