New U.S. Rep. Don Bacon now says he plans to hold town hall meetings with his Omaha-area constituents, softening his previous position that he never would.
His constituents should hold him to it. His latest pledge squares up better with his campaign promise to hold town hall meetings in every part of the 2nd Congressional District.
Bacon says he wants to wait until he and his staff can settle on a town hall format that encourages constituents to treat one another with respect and make sure protesters won’t dominate.
“I think people should be able to speak their opinions and then allow someone else to speak their opinions,” Bacon told The World-Herald’s Joseph Morton last week.
There’s little doubt that some factions have set a goal of disrupting GOP congressional town hall meetings. But U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., skillfully addressed protesters at a Feb. 22 town hall when he told a crowd of 2,000, “You’re all Arkansans, and I’m glad to hear from you.”
Bacon, a retired Air Force brigadier general, needs to deal with what comes his way. He fielded 20 questions in a telephone town hall Wednesday on topics from immigration to national security.
Now he should set a time and place to host his constituents in person. He shouldn’t wait too long.