Congressman Biggs' office refuses to talk to constituents demanding town hallPosted: Updated:
Some East Valley residents are fuming after the man elected to represent them in Congress refused to meet with them.
Now a group is planning a rally Tuesday at the office of Rep. Andy Biggs, determined to make their voices heard.
Biggs, former president of the Arizona Senate, easily won the seat for Arizona’s 5th Congressional District in November after a narrow victory in the GOP primary.
Several of Biggs’ constituents went to his office near Power and Guadalupe roads Friday afternoon, but they were not allowed inside.
A member of the office staff called the Mesa Police Department.
“We were peaceful and we eventually had four squad cars calls on us,” Richard Wall, the chairman of the Legislative District 25 Democrats in Mesa, said.
Biggs’ office is located in the Superstition Point Office Complex, which is private property, and at one point, according to Wall, there were as many as 30 people there to see the congressman.
Although the police responded, there was no clash. Just a polite exchange.
“They’ve asked that you not be in the office and that’s their right,” an officer told the group, at least one of whom was recording video that was given to 3TV and CBS 5. Police did not remove the group from the property but did ask that they move away from the door of the office.
"So the congressman doesn't wanna see his constituents?" a woman off camera can be heard asking.
“I feel very unhappy about that. I’m very angry,” Carrie Goode, a resident of Gilbert, said as she explained that she and others have been trying in vain to get in touch with Biggs. “You can email the office. You can call. But you cannot get to him.”
Goode said she and her neighbors would like a town hall with their representative.
“It’s our right to be able to express our opinions about what’s going on in government right now.”
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That, according to Goode, it not happening and it’s not sitting well sitting well her and others.
“I’m very angry,” she said. “He works for us. We are his bosses. All these politicians need to realize that we are their bosses. They are not ours.”
Goode said the group wants to discuss, among other things, health care and immigration.
“We will get him out in the open eventually,” she said.
“We want to talk to him face to face, in person,” Wall said. “That’ all we want is a town hall with you, Mr. Biggs. That’s it.”
We have reached out to Biggs and his office for comment on the incident, but nobody has responded.
Some of his frustrated constituents, however, will not be swayed and are continuing their demands for a conversation.
On Tuesday, Stefanie Richardson, spokeswoman for Indivisible: Arizona's 5th District, announced a rally outside Biggs' officer Tuesday at 4 p.m.
"U.S. Rep. Andy Biggs (R-AZ-CD5) has not scheduled a public town hall during the current Congressional District Work Period, and his constituents demand to know why," Richardson wrote in a media alert about the rally. "The District Work Period is a time set aside for members of the U.S. Congress to get paid to return home and hold public events and meet with constituents. However, our attempts to schedule a town hall have been repeatedly turned down by Rep. Biggs’ office staff."
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CD 5, which includes Gilbert and Queen Creek, along with parts of Chandler and Mesa, is heavily Republican. Biggs took over the seat vacated by Rep. Matt Salmon, who announced his retirement last February. Biggs had Salmon’s support from the get-go.
While the primary was a knock-down, drag-out battle with former GoDaddy executive Christine Jones, the General Election was almost a foregone conclusion.
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