While congressional town hall meetings elsewhere in the country--even just across the Red River in South Fargo--have been rowdy, Collin Peterson's first town hall since 2009 was as mild as Norwegian-American chili, The Fargo Forum reports in Constituents talk Medicare for all at town hall with Congressman Peterson:
A calm, collected line formed in the middle of the room as people waited to propose their solutions or express concerns, with many comments receiving applause. There was little to no negativity presented by Peterson or the crowd.
About half of the room raised their hands when Peterson asked for a show of hands how many were on Medicare.
"I'm on Medicare. It works," Peterson said.
Several people suggested the most "magical" health care solution of them all: Medicare for all.
This seems to be the template for Peterson's town hall meetings. Back in 2009, Bob Von Sternberg reported in A kinder, gentler town hall meeting at the Star Tribune:
Rep. Collin Peterson pulled off a downright kinder and gentler town hall meeting Friday on health care.
The 10-term congressman opened the 2 1/2-hour session by telling nearly 400 constituents that "I'm fair game here. I don't have any problem if you give me hell here, but be respectful of each other."
For the most part, they were (and didn't give Peterson much hell), engaging in little of the shouting, sign-waving and catcalling that has marked similar Democratic town halls across the country. . . .
Bluestem has no explanation for this, other than the tendency of prairie people to present an affect as flat as our landscapes.
Photo: Minnesota Seventh District's Congressman Collin Peterson, a-pickin' and a-grinnin'. Ranking Democrat on the Ag Committee, the man loves farm policy.
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