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Georgians Rally At Sen. Perdue Event, Demand Town Hall

Feb 23, 2017

About a hundred people rallied outside a constituent event with Sen. David Perdue’s staff at the Henry County Farm Bureau in McDonough on Thursday.

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Many demanded a face-to-face meeting with Perdue, some holding signs that read, “You work for us” or “Where are you?”

Perdue’s staff say they hold mobile office hours routinely around the state to help constituents with issues like veterans’ affairs and social security.

The Henry County Farm Bureau hosted a similar event last year. Ross McQueen, president of the bureau, said last year, three people showed up.

But dozens came from across metro Atlanta demanding a town hall meeting with Perdue as members of Congress have traveled back to their home states during the recess. Perdue’s staff members met with people in small groups.

Margot Smith of Clarkston said she wanted to talk to the senator about President Donald Trump's executive actions limiting refugees.

“This is democracy, you’re supposed to listen to your constituents, he’s not doing that,” she said.

Perdue was in Georgia this week, though he did not hold any town hall style events. He told reporters Wednesday at the state Capitol that he prefers to meet with constituents individually or in small groups.

“I do it differently. I engage individually and in small groups, and we do a lot of that in this state,” he said. “I get a better reaction and better information when I’m talking to people about their critical issues.”