‘Telephone town hall’ will replace meeting
Thursday, August 6 | 11:13 a.m.
BY MICHAEL ANDERSEN
COLUMBIAN STAFF WRITER
Here is U.S. Rep. Brian Baird's (D-WA) plan:
Secret scheduleNice. A secret schedule, so even if you wanted to have a heart to heart with Brian, he won't tell you where he is. He's scared of his own constiuents! What if they showed up at his office:
Here's how it'll work: if you happen to be sitting near a publicly listed Clark County telephone line on the right day at the right time, your phone will ring.
In order to avoid software problems, Baird's office says, the exact date and time will be kept secret from the public.
If you answer your landline, an automated message will ask whether you have a question for your Congressman.
Press *3, and you'll be asked your location and the subject of your question. Sitting at his own telephone at an as-yet-undisclosed location, Baird then will choose a name based on its location and the topic.
There will be no further pre-screening, Baird said. After the call is over, the recording will be posted on his Web site.
Baird said the phone interviews will include "a much better cross-section of the public" than some live town halls.
O.O. Howard House
750 Anderson St # B
Vancouver, WA 98661-3853