The residents of New York’s 19th Congressional District have some questions about the health care bill that House Republicans passed last week. Unfortunately for them, Rep. John Faso, the local Republican who voted for the legislation, isn’t around to answer them right now.
However, Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney, a Democrat from New York’s neighboring 18th District, paid a visit to Faso’s home territory Monday evening to meet with Faso’s constituents, the Huffington Post reported.
“Hey, listen. I have a question for you. I’m Representative Sean Patrick Maloney. Where the heck is your congressman?” he asked. “As of tonight, I have now done more open, no-holds-barred public town hall meetings in New York 19 than John Faso has.”
Billed as a town hall, Monday’s gathering was more akin to a rally. Maloney stoked the friendly audience into applause, whoops and hollers as he took questions and speechified over the course of more than 90 minutes.
The crowd seemed happy to hear Maloney’s criticism of the American Health Care Act ― and his jabs at Faso, who the Democrat said was attending a fundraiser in Albany that night. “You may have noticed we have two stools here,” Maloney said at one point. “One is for me. This one is for John Faso, in case he shows up.”
According to HuffPost, Maloney urged the audience members to get active, and to think about running for office. “The good news is, there are a lot of people who can be in Congress, ladies and gentlemen,” he said. “Next year, we’re going to have an opportunity to change the whole course of this thing.”
Maloney said Faso would pay a “big price” for his health care vote, and Democrats have their eyes on this seat in 2018, but it will almost certainly be a challenge.
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