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Protest greets Congressman Doug Lamborn Friday

Dozens of demonstrators demand town hall

Protest Greets Congressman Doug...

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Republican Congressman Doug Lamborn of Colorado is the latest GOP politician to feel the heat of displeasure from constituents.

Lamborn, during a Friday speech at the Cheyenne Mountain Resort in southwest Colorado Springs, was the target of a protest consisting of several dozen people and organized by the Colorado Action Network.

The group held signs and posters, and marched along the resort's entrance, hoping to deliver a clear message to Lamborn.

"Do your job!  You work for us!" the protesters chanted.

A protester shouted the same words inside, briefly interrupting Lamborn's speech.

"We've been requesting a town hall for a while now and the response has been absolutely nothing," said Jessica Lawyer, who organized the protest.  "He won't hold a town hall, but he will charge $55 a plate to talk to him."

The Chamber of Commerce said the admission price was for non-members, with members receiving a discount.

Lawyer said Lamborn and Colorado U.S. Senator Cory Gardner were invited to a CAN-hosted town hall at a local library Wednesday but did not appear.

Lamborn disputes that.

"I was out of the country," he said.  "So it wasn't even possible.  They didn't even ask me if I wanted to show up.  So I don't put a lot of credibility in those kinds of statements."

Protesters said Lamborn and Gardner are inaccessible, slow to respond to messages and unwilling to schedule town hall meetings.

Lamborn responded, saying his office has answered more than 82,000 phone calls, emails and letters during his tenure, and spoken with nearly 2 million people in occasional telephone town halls.

"I love to do that," he said.  "I can reach 100 times more people in a telephone town hall meeting, than in person.  So for me, it's a great tool to reach as many people as possible."

Protesters said they'd rather have a traditional town hall and have their elected representatives attend.

"This protest isn't just about Lamborn, it's also a protest against President Trump and the Republican power structure," said protester Tom Ward.

Lawyer said she believes the protest is worthwhile if it influences the actions of politicians for the better.

"There are people out there who still haven't resolved the fact that Donald Trump won, Hillary Clinton lost," Lamborn said.  "People win and lose in our system, and they need to eventually get over it."


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