Sen. Pat Toomey will be in Philadelphia Monday for a town hall event — but you won’t be able to attend in person.
At 2:10 p.m., the highly criticized senator will broadcast the event on Facebook Live fromthe CBS3studios. Any questions and comments to the senator can be posted in the comments on Facebook, the station said.
Eyewitness News anchor Jessica Dean will ask the submitted questions. Dean also posted a call for viewers to submit questions ahead of the event.
Last month, Toomey held his first town hall of 2017via teleconference,which constituents could join by calling in or joining online. He earned flak for not announcing the conference until less than two hours before its start.
Some constituents blastedthe second-term senator for seemingly ignoring their calls, letters and other communications, and for approving President Donald Trump’s controversial cabinet picks, including Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos.
Toomey’s town hall this afternoon also comes less than a week after nearly a dozen protesters were arrested outside his former Philadelphia office Tuesday after staging a sit-in. There have also been other protests in recent weeks demanding him to hold a town hall.
PROTEST PHILLY STYLE: You may have heard that our politics are…well, batshit crazy right now. So each week we gather at the Philadelphia office of our Senator, Pat Toomey. We are requesting that he hold a town hall here, the largest city in the state he represents. It’s been years since he met with voters in Philly. This speaker is Rev Greg Holston, executive director of POWER: Philadelphians Organized to Witness, Empower and Rebuild, an interfaith organization doing amazing work here. Listen to him peach it! @annebeth33 @sentoomey #virtualdinnerguestproject #onetableonelove #philadelphia #philly #power #philadelphians #preach #preachit #tuesdayswithtoomey #toomey #senatortoomey
Some Republican lawmakers have faced confrontationaltown hall meetings in their home districts from angry constituents since Trump took office.
The anti-Trump energy has prompted talk of a liberal-style tea party movement, in reference to the protests in 2009 that helped reshape the Republican Party and arguably laid the groundwork for Trump’s surprise electoral victory last year.
— Reuters contributed to this report.