Congresswoman Betty McCollum wants your grief. Not that she has a shortage of gripes from constituents, but this time she is looking for grief as the country recoils from the shock of her friend and colleague Representative Gabrielle Giffords and six others being gunned down in Arizona. McCollum is inviting constituents to attend her open office hours tomorrow (Monday) from Noon to 4pm to talk about the shootings and offer their condolences that she will enter into the Congressional Record and pass along to Giffords’ and the other victims families.
Giffords remains hospitalized in a medically induced coma to aid in her recovery. The mass shooting on Saturday in Tucson killed six people including a federal judge and a nine-year-old girl.
McCollum has altered her plans for Monday, canceling a press conference on health care with Minnesota House Minority Leader Paul Thissen and West Side Community Health Services CEO Dr. Jaeson Fourner. The three will meet privately. They had planed to do a public “show and tell” to discuss the human consequences of repealing the health care reform including having Minnesota families tell their personal stories about how they have benefited from health care reform and the harm of repealing the law.
McCollum’s office says the change is not because of security concerns, but because the Democratic and Republican Congressional caucuses have agreed to set aside the debate on Health Care this week to focus on the aftermath of the shootings.
Constituents and the media are welcome to come to McCollum’s St. Paul office at 165 Western Ave North, Suite 17 , St. Paul, MN 55102 between 1pm and 4pm where she will be available to talk.