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Town Halls Gone Wild

April 27, 2011
Webster was interrupted at an Orlando town hall by "critics that included members of progressive groups such as MoveOn.org and Organize Now," according to the Orlando Sentinel. His presentation using a series of charts was peppered with shouts of "Liar," although some yelled back "Let him talk." Webster beat liberal grassroots favorite, Democrat Alan Grayson, last year, but had trouble raising money since elected, bringing in only $30,000 for the first quarter. Ryan himself also faced tough questions and even had to move several of his town halls to bigger venues, and still even had overflow crowds. Politico's Jennifer Haberkorn noted that "some constituents applauded him for his courage to tackle economic problems but others expressed concern about what the Medicare changes would do -- to themselves or their grandchildren." Ryan faces political risk in proposing the plan and Democrats are already targeting his seat in 2012. His swing district voted for Obama in 2008, although Ryan himself has never faced a tough challenge. He's already got a challenger for next year, in businessman Rob Zerban, who Democrats have been touting. Other Republicans have also faced tough questions back home this congressional recess. A link to some of the recaps is available after the jump. Rep. Chris Gibson (R-N.Y.) Rep. Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.) Rep. Sean Duffy (R-Wis.) Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-Wash.) Rep. Lou Barletta (R-Pa.) Rep. Charlie Bass (R-N.H.) Rep. Wally Herger (R-Calif.) Rep. Bobby Schilling (R-Ill.) Rep. Patrick Meehan (R-Pa.)
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