Gohmert to hold town hall meeting Wednesday
Robin Y. Richardson
Aug. 19, 2013 at 10 p.m.
The Republican Party of Harrison County will host a town hall meeting featuring U.S. Congressman Louie Gohmert on Wednesday at Central Perks in the Weisman Co-op, 211 N. Washington Ave.
"We encourage people to be there," said Wes Brumit, chair of the Republican Party of Harrison County.
"It doesn't matter if you're Republican or not. Come and hear what's been happening up in Washington and how it affects the county," he said.
The meeting will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Doors will open at 5 p.m; Gohmert (R-Tyler) will begin his remarks at 5:30 p.m.
"I look forward to a good exchange," the Congressman said in a phone interview Monday.
Gohmert, who represents Congressional District 1, said he always looks forward to coming home to East Texas and visiting with constituents at town hall meetings.
"It's a great opportunity for members of Congress to hear from their own constituents," said Gohmert. "I think America's better served when we have times like this, not in session, (where) people go back home and hear from their constituents."
Marshall is one of many stops for Gohmert this week. On Monday night, he visited with constituents in Lufkin and Nacogdoches. Tonight, he'll be in Longview, and Wednesday he'll be in Marshall, right before most Bible studies start, he said.
"I'm all over East Texas," said Gohmert, sharing that being able to visit with constituents from as large as Marshall to as small as the tiny community of Broaddus is one of the things he's proud of.
"I love getting out around East Texas. I grew up in East Texas and have always lived here except for my four years in the army," he said, adding he couldn't be happier about representing Congressional District 1, which encompasses Harrison, Gregg, Panola, Rusk, Smith, Angela, Nacogdoches, Sabine, San Augustine, Shelby, Upshur and Wood Counties.
While in Marshall Wednesday, Gohmert said he'll be talking with constituents on topics that of concern to them such as Obamacare and immigration. He'll also address concerns about the National Security Agency's (NSA) surveillance programs, which he says is something that disturbs him as well.
"There's a lot of concern about the government spying on its own people. I have that sincere concern myself," said Gohmert.
Following his remarks, a questions and answer session will be allotted, allowing attendees to ask the Congressman any questions of concern or interest.
"People can write their questions on cue cards and we'll get to those questions and he'll answer those," said Brumit.
"I welcome any questions," Gohmert added.
Brumit urges the public to attend.
"I'm looking forward to seeing what he has to say and updating us on what's going on," the county chairman said.
Gohmert recently appeared on the ABC show "This Week with George Stephanopoulos" power panel. He discussed relevant issues such as immigration, Obamacare and the 2016 Election with panelists George Will, Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-TX) and Donna Brazile.