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Those outside wanted in. Those inside wanted a conversation about issues. The tightly controlled nature of what Rep. Jason Lewis called a “town hall” didn’t allow either to easily happen.
The Lakeville event was one of three Lewis was holding on May 19. These were his first pre-announced, face-to-face public meetings with constituents since he took office. However, the venue for the event was small. The number of chairs set up was even smaller. And smaller yet was the number of people allowed in to the event. The room had many empty seats while people outside and inside asked that more people be allowed into the room.
“I would just hope that you would be gracious enough to open the doors (to those) that want to be here,” asked Christine Bergland of Eagan.
Lewis refused the request, saying there were security concerns, but never explaining how letting more people into the room would endanger security.
A prayer opened the session, making some who attended feel uncomfortable. Particularly since it seemed to call for Lewis’ re-election.
“We ask you to bless, especially Jason Lewis, our upcoming elections, may we have a heart after you so that we would vote to bring a great nation to be even greater than it is now,” prayed a man who said his name was Lynn Farrelson.
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