Politics

Protesters Force Zeldin to Change Office Policy

McSalley turns down town hall invitation, saying it would be a ‘political ambush’

Rep. Lee Zeldin, R-N.Y., arrives outside of the Capitol Hill Hotel during check-in for incoming freshmen members of Congress, November 12, 2014. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Rep. Lee Zeldin of New York is the latest Republican member of Congress taking measures to steer clear of protests in his district over GOP policies.

 

Zeldin recently changed his office hours so that visitors must schedule appointments to visit, Newsday reported.

 

Zeldin spokeswoman Jennifer DiSiena said the policy change came because of “new disruption tactics of these liberal obstructionists locally and nationally.”

 

Several Republican members have canceled meetings or turned down requests after protests erupted in the wake of President Donald Trump’s election.

 

Arizona Rep. Martha McSalley on Tuesday turned down a grass-root group’s invitation to a town hall meeting, calling it a “political ambush.”

 

“(The forum) is about trapping people in a political ambush for political theater,” McSalley told constituents in a call, the Tucson Star reported.

 

Zeldin last week canceled an April meeting, which DiSiena also blamed on protesters.

 

“That is neither effective, productive or constructive,” she said.

 

Last month, Zeldin faced numerous protesters at a Rotary Club event where he was named man of the year according to Southold Local.

 

Protesters in Zeldin’s district say they want an audience with the congressman about plans to repeal the Affordable Care Act and the travel ban that President Donald Trump imposed on immigrants from some Muslim-majority countries.

 

Eileen Duffy of Quogue created a Facebook group called “Let's Visit Lee Zeldin in November. Protesters on Tuesday carried signs that said “Missing Congressman,” and “Where is Lee Zeldin?” as they chanted their way from the county courthouse to Zeldin’s office in Riverhead, Newsday reported.

 

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