DUBUQUE – US House of Representative Rod Blum hosted a Town Hall in Dubuque at Dubuque Senior High School on Monday.
He spoke to a full gymnasium and took questions from the crowd.
People asked him about healthcare, campaign contributions, EPA funding and more.
Leading up to the event, people criticized Blum for requiring an RSVP and photo ID to prove residency in the first district in order to attend the event, saying it would make it harder for people to attend.
To this, Blum said, “I’d say all evidence to the contrary. I mean we’re gonna have probably a thousand people here tonight…and we did a post the other night that said if you don’t want to RSVP you can just show up as long as you have proof that you’re resident of the first district. We just think that’s common sense.”
He said to the crowd that he required proof of residency in the first district because he had a limited amount of time and only wanted to receive questions from people in his district.
Attendees weren’t allowed to bring in signs, so people held up green pieces of paper if they agreed with something, and red if they didn’t.
Nicholas Fisch said he attended to show he’s a real American, and not a paid protestor.
He said, “I really just think that Rod Blum is out of touch with what working Iowans really need.”
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