Amy Klobuchar's Tele-Townhall

Minnesota Senator, Amy Klobuchar (D) was supposed to have a tele-townhall today, at 7 PM according to her website:

U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar will be hosting a live statewide tele-town hall meeting to discuss making health care more affordable and answer questions from her constituents. Joining her will be Dr. Denis Cortese, CEO of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester and Mary Wakefield, the highest ranking nurse in the federal government.

The tele-town hall will be held on Sunday, August 23, 2009 at 7:00 p.m. Central Time.

If you have registered and have not recieved [sic] a call by 7:10 pm or have questions, please call our office at 1-888-224-9043.

Source: Senator Amy Klobuchar’s Townhall Registration Website

I signed up on Wednesday and waited for my automated call about 20 minutes ago. The phone rang at exactly 7 pm, but instead of hearing the townhall, I heard another recorded message:

Hi I’m senator Amy Klobachar,

Tonight at 7:00 I hosted a live statewide health care townhall to discuss ways to make
the American health care system more affordable and more stable I was pleased to be joined
by Dr. Corteez, head of Mayo Clinic and Mary Wake Field the highest ranking nurse in
the federal government. I’m so sorry I missed you but I’d like to invite you to
listen to the audio recording of our townhall meeting. It’s going to be posted on my
website at Klobacher.senate.gov. You can also click on the 10 ways to talk to me about
health care link on our website and that ways you can find out about up coming events like when I’ll
be at the State Fair and share your thoughts on this issue with me if you haven’t already.

I really appreciate you being a part of our discussion on health care. Thank you.

[Call ended.]

Source: VoteForAmerica.net [MP3]

Why was I unable to join the tele-townhall?

I then called the office number as provided on her townhall registration in an attempt to remedy the error, but I heard another automated message:

Automated Voice: The mailbox belonging to…

Amy Klobuchar: Senator Amy Klobuchar’s Office…

Automated Voice: Is full. To disconnect press 1, to enter another number press 2.

Source: VoteForAmerica.net [MP3]

Why can Senator’s voice mail-boxes fill up?

Despite my inability to participate in the tele-townhall, TheUpTake.org is streaming the townhall live, right now.