FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 31, 2012
RENACCI ANNOUNCES DETAILS FOR NEXT TOWN HALL MEETING, SUTTON STILL M.I.A
Wadsworth, OH—Today, the Renacci for Congress campaign released the details for Jim Renacci’s next town hall meeting. The event will be held on June 14th from 6-8PM at Memorial Hall in Rocky River, OH. Both as a candidate and as a member of Congress, Jim Renacci has repeatedly held town hall meetings, open to any member of the public, throughout the 16th Congressional District. During the past 15 months, he has held multiple town hall meetings in every county in the district, in addition to attending over 100 public events.
In a stunning and stark contrast, there is no record of Congresswoman Betty Sutton, who has been in office for the better part of a decade, ever holding a single in-person town hall meeting open to the general public—and she certainly has never done so while running to represent the 16th District. Just last week, Sutton announced she would be holding a semi-public event in Wadsworth on June 3rd, at first stating it was open to the general public and later the campaign announced it would require RSVP’s. However, few should be surprised that the Sutton campaign announced today that she was cancelling her appearance at the Wadsworth event this Sunday.
“With her lock-step votes for the Obama agenda on everything from the health care bill to cap and trade to her opposition to a balanced budget, Betty Sutton has amassed a record so liberal it would make Nancy Pelosi blush, and her refusal to face her constituents indicates she is just as terrified of her record as the voters are,” Renacci spokesman James Slepian said.
Sutton’s refusal to hold town hall meetings in the district is apparently just one part of her disappearing act. Earlier this week, after initially confirming she would attend a candidate forum at the Ohio Farm Bureau with Jim Renacci, Sutton pulled out at the last minute and failed to show up. Jim Renacci did attend. And earlier this month, Sutton was missing in action on controversial votes, despite being present on the House floor. Sutton failed to cast any vote at all on H.R. 2072, a bill to reauthorize the Export-Import Bank of the United States, but cast votes just minutes later on other legislation. Sutton also refused to vote on an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act, offered by Rep. Louie Gohmert of Texas. The amendment clarified that the NDAA preserves habeas corpus rights for American citizens. Sutton cast votes on all amendments prior to and after the Gohmert Amendment, but opted to sit out the vote rather than represent her constituents on this critically important issue. To date, Sutton has yet to explain herself on any of these matters.