Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Team McCain Bans Tucson Weekly From Town Hall Event

Posted By on Tue, Aug 9, 2011 at 12:14 PM

While other media were allowed through the door, the Tucson Weekly was prevented from entering Sen. John McCain’s town hall today.

McCain’s town hall drew so many people to St. Mark's United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall this morning that several dozen people were prevented from entering the room, which had a total capacity of 150, according to a sign on the door.

Team McCain was allowing media into the room, but when I presented my business card and driver's license, the goon working the door didn’t even take a close look at it.

Instead, he demanded “media credentials.” When I asked what a credential was, I was told that it was a badge of some kind indicating that I worked at the publication.

“Anyone can have a business card,” the goon told me before simply closing the door on me as I tried to work out our differences.

I wasn’t the only one who wasn’t able to get into the hall.

Roy Goodman said he was “very disappointed” that he couldn’t get in.

“I’ve taken time off from work to here,” Goodman said. “The fact that they take a space that has an under-limited capacity for the constituents who live in this part of Arizona is very disappointing.”

Goodman said opportunities to see McCain at a public gathering were very limited.

“I’m hardly ever aware of when he’s here at something that the public can go to, not a fundraiser,” Goodman said. “I came here for a rare opportunity to attend a town hall meeting with one of my two senators,” Goodman said. “I wanted to listen. I wanted give him an opportunity to talk to me in person. I wanted to give him an opportunity to respond to questions from the community and hear what he had to say about them.”

Chris Hale, who is working on a campaign for Republican congressional candidate Gabby Mercer (who hopes to challenge Congressman Raul Grijalva next year), said he had arrived at 9:20 a.m. for the 10 a.m. town hall, only to discover that the event was already full.

Hale said he thought Team McCain has chosen “a tiny little venue. With the high schools closed, they could have easily gotten the CDO auditorium.”

Hale said he was disappointed he couldn’t get into the event.

“Everyone should have an opportunity to voice their opinion,” said Hale, who suggested limiting access to the town hall was a “strategy” on the part of Team McCain.

Hale said he identified with the Tea Party, but wanted to see the Republican Party “unite so we can start getting action done and make some tough decisions.”

Tags: , , , ,

Comments (16)

Showing 1-16 of 16

Add a comment

Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-16 of 16

Add a comment

Previously in the Range

More by Jim Nintzel

Today | Mon | Tue | Wed | Thu | Fri | Sat
Butterfly Magic

Butterfly Magic @ Tucson Botanical Gardens

Through May 31, 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m.

All of today's events | Staff Picks

Staff Pick

Sonoran Spring Gala

Let the Tohono Chul gardens charm you with fantastic fare by the Garden Bistro, refreshing libations, live… More

@ Tohono Chul Park Sun., March 26, 4-7 p.m. 7366 N. Paseo del Norte.

» More Picks

Submit an Event Listing

Popular Content

  1. "Martha McSally Is Not Answering" (The Range: The Tucson Weekly's Daily Dispatch)
  2. The Weekly List: 16 Things To Do In Tucson In The Next 10 Days (The Range: The Tucson Weekly's Daily Dispatch)
  3. In the Flesh: The Blind Suns, The Mission Creeps and Louise Le Hir at Sky Bar. (The Range: The Tucson Weekly's Daily Dispatch)
  4. Two New(ish) Businesses to Visit During the Street Fair (The Range: The Tucson Weekly's Daily Dispatch)
  5. We Look Smaller in Boston (The Range: The Tucson Weekly's Daily Dispatch)

© 2017 Tucson Weekly | 7225 Mona Lisa Rd. Ste. 125, Tucson AZ 85741 | (520) 797-4384 | Powered by Foundation