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Congressman Ben Lujan (NM-03) Could care less about his constituents

This past Saturday (August 15th) congressman Ben Lujan scheduled a “Congress on your corner” event where people can have 5 minute meetings with the congressman on a first come first serve basis. The congressman has repeatedly been asked to hold a public town hall type event but refuses, opting instead for these 5 minute meetings where people barely have time to ask a question or two much less get an actual substantive answer.

This Saturday however, the congressman hit a new low. He was scheduled to meet with people from 1:00 to 2:30 both with people who had called his office in advance to schedule a 5 minute meeting and on a first come first serve basis with people who showed up for the event. Congressman Lujan had pre-scheduled meetings with his constituent starting at 1:00 but the congressman lingered over his lunch (not with other constituents but just merely a personal lunch) for more than an hour and a half and thus was 28 minutes late to his prescheduled meetings and effectively disallowing anyone who did not pre-schdule a meeting to get to speak with the congressman at all.

When the congressman finally did show up (almost half an hour late to an hour and a half event) he just sauntered in with his little cadre of staffers, didn’t apologize or really even acknowledge the crowd constituents (had waited nearly 30 minutes for his highness to descend from on high) and went into his office to prep for his meetings. When I asked his staffers why the congressman was late they told me he was just running a little behind but he would still try to meet with all the people who had scheduled meetings. That meant effectively that they disregarded the first come first serve pledge to meet with people and shoved back 30 minutes everyone who had pre-scheduled a meeting requiring many of those people to have to miss their meeting because they had had scheduled their day to meet with the congressman at a certain time and couldn’t make the new time. I spoke with several people who waited around and did have their meeting with the congressman and was told that he spent the entire time trying to rush them out so he could hurry on to the next constituent he was going to ignore.

It infuriates me and is just another example of representatives who could care less about their constituents and cannot be bothered to live by the constraints of peasants they represent. I needed the rant, thanks for this site and its dedication to helping rid the congress of men like Lujan.

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