Frustrated constituents express concern in an “empty suits town hall”

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ)- Okay, picture this for a moment.   Dozens of people expressing their concerns to three mannequins in suits on stage at the Kentucky Theater.

That’s just what dozens of people did today at an event they called an “Empty suits” town hall.

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Organizers say they’re frustrated because they feel their congressional representatives don’t engage with them enough.

So they decided to hold their own town hall and invite lawmakers.

Organizers say they didn’t get a response.



Melinda Johnson a frustrated Lexington constituent said, “I was so upset that Rand Paul doesn’t come to the state to talk to anybody, Andy Barr always only goes out to the Hinter Lands at work day mornings so that working people can’t go.”

ABC 36 reached out to Central Kentucky’s Congressional Delegation for a response.

A spokesperson for Congressman Barr said the Congressman “…Has hosted dozens of public meetings since he was first elected and has been extremely accessible.”

He cited a February meeting in Mt. Sterling and another on March 18th in Richmond.

A spokeswoman for Senator Rand Paul said the Senator held over 150 town halls last year.

Last month, Paul met with Kentuckians at several events all over the state to talk about healthcare, according to the spokesperson.

Finally, a spokesman for Senator Mitch McConnell called the town hall meeting on March 18th “A media stunt by folks who are still fuming over the election results.”

He went on to say: “Labeling it “Empty suits” shows that they’re not interested in having elected officials attend – it’s just another page from their resistance playbook.”

Full Statements From Congressional Delegation Spokespeople:

Congressman Andy Barr:

“Congressman Barr has hosted dozens of public meetings since he was first elected and has been extremely accessible. In February, he hosted a meeting in Mt. Sterling which was widely attended. In fact, he is hosting a Coffee with Your Congressman meeting in Richmond tomorrow morning. Anyone who would like to hear from or ask questions of their Congressman is welcome to attend.”

Senator Rand Paul:

“Sen. Paul held over 150 town halls last year across Kentucky and looks forward to continuing to listen to the concerns of all Kentuckians. Last month, the Senator met with Kentuckians at a wide variety of events across the Commonwealth to discuss the effects of Obamacare and explain his own replacement plan.”

Senator Mitch McConnell:

“This event is just another media stunt by folks who are still fuming over the election results. Labeling it “empty suits” shows that they’re not interested in having elected officials attend – it’s just another page from their resistance playbook. Senator McConnell keeps a busy schedule meeting with constituents in Kentucky and in DC who are open to hearing his views and engaging in an honest exchange of ideas, not participating in a political stunt.”