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Murphy hears it from both sides of issue ("not a town hall meeting")
Bucks County Courier Times ^ | 8/2/09 | ANDY VINEBERG

Posted on 08/03/2009 8:43:13 AM PDT by Born Conservative

At two public events on Saturday, the hot topic was health care reform.

The plan was for Congressman Patrick Murphy to discuss health care reform and other hot-button topics with his constituents on a one-on-one basis.

The plan didn't last long.

Minutes into the first of two scheduled "Congressman on Your Corner" sessions Saturday afternoon at the jam-packed Concerto Fusion restaurant in Morrisville, shouts from an impatient, frustrated crowd forced Murphy and his staff to reconsider the format of the event.

"You're concerned about the format. We've changed the format," Larry Glick, Murphy's director of outreach, told the crowd. "The congressman will talk to you as a group."

Murphy's about-face (in his opening remarks, he specifically told a woman "this was not a town hall meeting") resulted in a 90-plus-minute, frequently contentious Q&A session with voters clearly emotional about health care. But the congressman kept his cool, listening to people's concerns and defending his plans while occasionally asking hecklers "to be respectful."

The revised format was repeated later in the day in front of the produce department at the Acme in Levittown. Emotions ran high at the second gathering as well, although the crowd seemed more evenly divided politically at the supermarket than the restaurant.

The meetings were the 78th and 79th "Congressman on Your Corner" events of Murphy's two-and-a-half years in office.

"The great thing about Bucks County is that people really can be very passionate," Murphy said as he left Acme. "So that's why I don't flinch and give them their chance to talk while most of my colleagues are putting their heads in the sand."

Of the change in format, Murphy said, "We called an audible. Driving over (to Morrisville), I was told there were 25 people there. When we showed up, there were about 150."

(Excerpt) Read more at phillyburbs.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government
KEYWORDS: bhohealthcare; obamacare; patrickmurphy; townhallmeeting
The thiefs in Congress KNOW what's in store for them this month. My US Rep is holding "telephone town hall meetings". I will be calling there to ask why. We need to keep up the pressure on this.

I will be adding the keyword "townhallmeeting" to any thread I see regarding town hall meetings attended by angry constituents.

1 posted on 08/03/2009 8:43:13 AM PDT by Born Conservative
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To: Tribune7; Jeff Head

Ping


2 posted on 08/03/2009 8:44:17 AM PDT by Born Conservative (Working hard so those on public assistance don't have to.)
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To: Born Conservative
With any luck, they'll start fearing for their lives if they go against the will of the people.
3 posted on 08/03/2009 8:46:09 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Islam is a religion of peace, and Muslims reserve the right to kill anyone who says otherwise.)
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To: Born Conservative

We need to get more people to Townhalls because they will have ACORN/SEIU/La Raza and lib Democrats begging for govt controlled healthcare.


4 posted on 08/03/2009 8:46:49 AM PDT by Frantzie (Lou Dobbs - American Hero! Bill O'Reilly = Liar)
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To: Born Conservative

This happened in Philly yesterday....yes in Commie central. It was loud and people were angry. I for one am fed up as much as the next person....our Reps are so arrogant it is unbelievable!


5 posted on 08/03/2009 8:48:04 AM PDT by mikelets456
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To: Born Conservative

just called my rep, Chris Smith (New Jersey) and neither his local office nor his DC office could tell me what his schedule of public appearances is for the summer recess. I’m going to stay on top of them and I hope everyone does.


6 posted on 08/03/2009 8:48:19 AM PDT by JewishRighter
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To: E. Pluribus Unum
With any luck, they'll start fearing for their lives if they go against the will of the people.

I know the hangings are done after the trials but what format are the trials for treason, can we try them all at once so we can get it over fast?

7 posted on 08/03/2009 8:50:16 AM PDT by BILL_C (Those who don't understand the lessons of history will repeat, repeat and repeat.)
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To: Born Conservative

Makin’ em sweat.


8 posted on 08/03/2009 8:51:45 AM PDT by La Lydia
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To: Born Conservative

Patrick Murphy, unfortunately, is my congressman. He is a weasel who talks out of both sides of his mouth. He is as dumb as a rock and is only interested in a career in politics. He will say anything to anyone just to make them happy. He is EXACTLY what is wrong with Congress. Proof? He voted for GWB in 2000 and Obama in 2008. He sensed a change in the wind and went with it for HIS benefit. He has no core beliefs. He has no character. He is a worthless turd. Outside of that he is a great guy.


9 posted on 08/03/2009 9:00:09 AM PDT by LeonardFMason
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To: LeonardFMason

Heard him on the Imus show once and he had an almost childlike way of speaking. Not very impressive. Yet he is an Iraq war veteran? Hard to believe.

Of course the American people put this lousy congress in place. What did they expect??


10 posted on 08/03/2009 9:02:24 AM PDT by TNCMAXQ
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To: E. Pluribus Unum
With any luck, they'll start fearing for their lives if they go against the will of the people.

Isn't that really the ONLY thing the House and senate have to fear? Seriously. What else is there, re-election? They don't really care about that as they've already bought their influence and of course they'll have gov health insurance for life. What's to fear?

11 posted on 08/03/2009 9:19:25 AM PDT by subterfuge (BUILD MORE NUCLEAR POWER PLANTS NOW!!!)
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To: Born Conservative

This kid Murphy originally won his Bucks County seat in 2006 without even winning Bucks County. He squeaked in thanks to government-addicted slivers of Philly and Montgomery County which are gerrymandered into the district. In 2008 he was re-elected on Ubama’s coattails.

I have a feeling voters from Central and Upper Bucks County will be out in force in 2010. Hopefully, there will be enough of them to overcome the heavy Democrat base of parasites that dominate the lower half of the district. If these upper county voters come out in force, Murphy is done.

Of course, the GOP needs to put up a decent candidate. Personally, I hope it’s Tom Manion again.


12 posted on 08/03/2009 9:36:20 AM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: Born Conservative

13 posted on 08/03/2009 9:38:12 AM PDT by AngelesCrestHighway
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To: LeonardFMason
(( ping )) to post #12.
14 posted on 08/03/2009 9:38:26 AM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: Lancey Howard
I'm in this poseur's district too. Where does he publicize these "corner" events? He has an office in Doylestown but we never see him around here. He sticks to the lower end of Bucks where more of the voters re Democrats, I guess. I would like to follow him around during the recess but I can't find out where he is going to be.

I wrote to the schmuck two weeks ago about this health care abomination and he hasn't written me back yet.

15 posted on 08/03/2009 10:16:11 AM PDT by Dems_R_Losers (U.S. Out of My Doctor's Office!!)
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To: Lancey Howard

Wow, read some of the comments left on that article. Gives me hope that we can throw this bastard out next year and get a real Congressman who won’t be a Charlie McCarthy ventriloquist dummy for Nancy Pelosi.


16 posted on 08/03/2009 10:24:07 AM PDT by Dems_R_Losers (U.S. Out of My Doctor's Office!!)
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To: Dems_R_Losers; LeonardFMason

Post #9 has it exactly right. Murphy is first and foremost out for Murphy. He is a political animal and intends to make politics a lifelong career. He will blow whichever way the wind blows. He will not lead.


17 posted on 08/03/2009 10:34:06 AM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: Dems_R_Losers

By the way, you can count on the Courier and the Intelligencer to do everything in their power to get Murphy re-elected.


18 posted on 08/03/2009 10:35:43 AM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: mikelets456
Tim Burton (D-NY) got an earful too.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UOLs7Cybnqw

19 posted on 08/03/2009 10:37:12 AM PDT by mware (F-R-E-E, that spells free. Free Republic.com baby.)
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To: mware

sorry about that it is tim bishop, not tim burton.


20 posted on 08/03/2009 10:38:22 AM PDT by mware (F-R-E-E, that spells free. Free Republic.com baby.)
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To: TNCMAXQ

“Yet he is an Iraq war veteran?”

He was an Army LAWYER!!!!! ZERO combat experience. He went on a few patrols and heard some small arms fire in the distance. I’m glad he served but, be advised, he was no hardened combat veteran.


21 posted on 08/03/2009 11:46:07 AM PDT by LeonardFMason
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To: mware

The arrogant commies are not listening and things are getting nasty....folks, I think we are on the brink of a revolution.

Like a child that is frustrated by the abusive parent that does not give a $-it...there are consequences!


22 posted on 08/03/2009 12:13:30 PM PDT by mikelets456
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To: LeonardFMason

On the Imus show I think he was talking about a book he had written. Hard to believe he ever read a book much less wrote one. OK, enough cheap shots, ha ha. Though isn’t he the guy even Chris Matthews said did not appear to have the stature or gravitas to serve in Congress? Brilliant move by voters there.

Anyway, in the radio interview spoke of how many service people in Iraq told him they thought things were going badly and they thought a change of leadership was needed. I find it hard to believe though that a majority of people on the ground in Iraq really believed that by putting Pelosi, Reid, and company in power that this would help them.


23 posted on 08/03/2009 12:28:22 PM PDT by TNCMAXQ
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