April 05, 2017
Pennsylvania residents will have another opportunity this week to digitally speak with U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey.
On Wednesday, Toomey announced he has scheduled a tele-town hall "barring unforeseen Senate business." From Washington D.C., Toomey will take questions from constituents via phone, Facebook, and a live feed. The session is slated to begin Thursday at 5 p.m.
Giving residents 24 hours notice, Toomey's staff will provide a link to join the event and additional information sometime Thursday afternoon.
"Senator Toomey has found these calls to be a great way to hear from folks," said spokesman Steve Kelly, who noted this will be Toomey's 49th tele-town hall since 2014.
For months, protesters have demanded the senator schedule a "real" town-hall event to address his constituents.
However, Toomey has yet to commit to such an event, telling a Pittsburgh radio show it's "a little bit hard" to hold town hall meetings. "We'll get to a town hall at some point, but the important thing from my point of view is to be engaged with your constituents," Toomey said.
Toomey announced the upcoming tele-town hall on Twitter, prompting many users to express disappointment that the senator won't host an in-person event.
@SenToomey The senate is in recess next week. What a great time to hold an IN PERSON town hall. You bring you and I'll bring all of us.— RealPA (@PhillyResistNow) April 5, 2017
@SenToomey More than 30 minutes notice this time. Thank you!— Bepps, The (@l_____88_____l) April 5, 2017
@SenToomey how hard is it to FACE your constituents? So tired of paying you to avoid us & ignore our concerns. 19130— CM (@carisem) April 5, 2017
@SenToomey That's not a real town hall. You should make time for a real town hall.— Caroline ⚡️ (@crikitmoore) April 5, 2017
@SenToomey— Jack Reese (@ggtpopcorn_Jack) April 5, 2017
Excellent way to avoid facing your constituents, sir.
Your courage is an inspiration to all Pennsylvanians!
@SenToomey Please schedule a public event next week. Your constituents deserve to see you in person.— Nick Kramarev (@NickKramarev) April 5, 2017
@SenToomey That's not a Town Hall!!! It's you making a speech about how you will do what you want!!— Ruth Ann Davidson (@NaturesGma) April 5, 2017