Murphy to hold his first town hall meeting via phone on Thursdayby George Bennett | July 31st, 2013
Freshman Rep. Patrick Murphy, D-Jupiter, will hold a town hall-style teleconference with constituents on Thursday at 6 p.m.
Automated phone calls will go out to thousands of residents of Murphy’s Palm Beach-Treasure Coast District 18 inviting them to participate in the teleconference. Constituents can also sign up to participate by clicking here before noon on Thursday.
It’s Murphy’s first town hall-type meeting with constituents since taking office. Former Rep. Allen West, the Republican who narrowly lost to Murphy last November, held two in-person town halls each month with constituents.
West’s events routinely packed hundreds into meeting halls. Proponents of the teleconference format say it allows a member of Congress to reach thousands of constituents.
Said Murphy spokeswoman Erin Moffet Hale: “This is his first telephone town hall and while he has not held any events labeled a ‘town hall’ to date, he has participated in almost 200 public events that are more personal in nature, allowing for better constituent outreach and communication than a large ‘town hall’ event would foster.”