Representative Steve Pearce has been MIA from his district for months now and people have been pretty upset about it. Pearce’s staff has been equally unapproachable, going so far as to even deny entry to his office to a Korean War veteran!
However, Pearce has scheduled a last-minute town hall meeting TOMORROW, March 4th, in Ruidoso. Situated in the heart of Lincoln County, which Pearce won by nearly 75% in 2016, the meeting is likely intended to bolster his image by catering to his base. Scheduled for 9 am on a Saturday, such a meeting is obviously not intended to be very accessible.
ProgressNow New Mexico will be there and if you can make it, here’s some things you should know!
- Show up early! Saturday morning at 9 am in Ruidoso is a tall order, but if you’re planning on going try and get there early. In the past, Pearce has filled seats with his own supporters well in advance of the actual start times of meetings.
- This event is open to the public. There have been numerous publications advertising it as well as the congressman’s own press releases. For those planning to attend, don’t let anyone try and tell you that you need tickets or a reservation or anything like that.
- We need to hold the congressman accountable. We know that Pearce likes to control the narrative so we need folks there willing to ask real questions about real issues:
- Why won’t Pearce’s staff see visitors during posted open business hours? Why did they turn away those who’ve come to talk with staff like a Korean War veteran?
- Pearce recently said he doesn’t think a wall is the answer to immigration issues. What will he do to actively oppose Trump’s radical agenda?
- What is his plan for the thousands of New Mexicans, many in his district, who will lose their health insurance if the ACA is repealed?
- Pearce wants to undo public land protections like the Organ Mountains Desert Peaks National Monument. Why doesn’t he listen to the majority of his constituents who want these protections left in place?
- Be polite, but firm. This applies to speaking with the Congressman himself, but also to any of his staff, supporters, or others who may try and engage you before, during, or after the event.
- Charge your phones! We need to get the word out about what he REALLY says and about how the meeting REALLY happens. The best way we can help to do that is record, record, record! New Mexico law provides that anyone can film in public meetings where there is “no reasonable expectation of privacy” so even if someone asks you to not film, remind them that state law is on your side.
- BONUS! If you can’t make it but want to stay tuned to what’s happening, be sure to follow ProgressNow New Mexico on Twitter AND Facebook. Depending on how the meeting goes we may try and go live on Facebook for a while as well as update via Twitter
Here are the details of tomorrow’s Town Hall with Steve Pearce:
9 am at the Ruidoso Convention Center, 111 Sierra Blanca Drive, Ruidoso New Mexico.