Indivisible Nacogdoches Open Letter to Rep. Louie Gohmert
March 7, 2017
An Open Letter to Representative Louie Gohmert:
As a new legislative session begins, many issues that affect your constituents come to the floor of . The House for your consideration. With that in mind, many of us here in East Texas have called, written, and visited your office to voice our concerns and questions about many of these issues.
While your staff has been for the most part pleasant, we still have many unanswered questions that only you, our sole voice in the U.S. House of Representatives, can answer.
Therefore, we were reassured when we heard that the House would be in recess during the last week of February so that its members could meet with their constituents in home districts.
When we called asking for details about opportunities to meet with you, we were told that you would only be doing "phone questionnaires" with chosen constituents and private events.
Furthermore, you stated in a letter to your supporters that those of us requesting a public forum were from a "more violent strain of the leftist ideology, some even being pa.id."
Sir, nothing could be further from the truth. We are Republicans, Democrats, and Independents. We are retirees, teachers, health professionals, students, small business owners and other working middle class voters. We are native East Texans and transplants who love the natural beauty and small town feel of this part of Texas. We live, work, worship, and raise our families here, and we have a vested interest in its future.
The decisions you make and the votes you cast impact us profoundly. Therefore, we think it is a small request to ask that once or twice a year you set aside a time and place that is convenient to your constituents to speak with us face to face. Your fellow members and your counterparts in the Senate see this as part of their responsibility to those they serve, and we feel you are no different. We will continue to ask that you schedule a public meeting at a convenient time and place and give all your constituents a chance to ask questions and voice concerns. We hope you will see this as an opportunity to carry out your responsibilities to both us and the democracy we hold -so dear.