As the United States Congress recesses for two weeks this month, many residents of California’s 45th Congressional District are left to wonder — why won’t their representative, Congresswoman Mimi Walters, heed their request for a town hall meeting?
Constituents once again are planning a rally at the Congresswoman’s Irvine office (3333 Michelson Dr, Irvine, California 92612) on Wednesday, April 18 from 4:30–6 p.m. to demand just that.
The rally, dubbed “Rep. Walters: We’re Here, Where are You?” will give voters a chance to express their frustration with Walters’ lack of a town hall meeting, which they have been requesting since January. Walters’ office has dismissed the growing number of CA 45 constituents demanding an in-person, general town hall meeting as “paid activists,” and the congresswoman herself has admitted that she doesn’t want to meet with her constituents because they may “try to get me to say something that they could use against me in the campaign.”
Walters has become a key target for a Democratic Party hoping to flip her seat in the 2018 mid-term elections. With a constituency that voted for Hillary Clinton over Donald Trump by a margin of more than 5% in November 2016, she has reason to be concerned.
In recent weeks, several strong candidates have announced their intention to run for the CA45 seat next year
Walters — who has voted lock step with the Trump administration 100% since the president’s inauguration in January — has done little to nothing to ingratiate herself to a congressional district that has traditionally leaned Republican but in which Trump remains deeply unpopular. Her lack of engagement, coupled with her refusal to answer difficult questions, has, however, brought together progressives and moderate Republicans in California’s 45th district with a common purpose:
“Let’s remind our representative and our fellow constituents that this PEOPLE-POWERED MOVEMENT IS HERE, and we will not go away until our voices are heard!” says the rally’s event page.
Organizational support for the rally is provided by constituent group California 45th, in addition to Together We Will Orange County, Democratic Socialists of America Orange County, and various local grassroots groups.
What: Rep. Walters: We’re Here, Where are You?
When: Wednesday, April 18, 4:30–6 p.m.
Where: 3333 Michelson Dr.
Irvine CA 92606
For more information about this event, please call Acecy Buensuceso at 949-750-6112 or Jessica Riegert at 760-580-5691 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or media@California45th.com.
California 45th is a nonpartisan constituent group based in Orange County, Calif. The group is entirely volunteer based, and is made up of residents of the California 45th Congressional District. To learn more, visit www.california45th.com