Blue Arkansas reports on how U.S. Rep. Tim Griffin used staff to screen questions at his “tele-town hall” to prevent being asked embarrassing questions. Blue Hog wanted to ask how he squared votes to cut spending on FEMA and the National Weather Service in a week when both have been critical in Arkansas.

Good question, the call screener commented. Needless to say, only softballs were lobbed up to the congressman, with one exception. A crafty caller got in a jab on Griffin’s vote for tax cuts for the rich and ending the existing Medicare program. There, Griffin got nailed fibbing.

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Blue Hog Arkansas also describes the private service used to set up these friendly “town halls,” packed with invitees from candidates’ supporter lists. (This is a bipartisan tactic, I should add.)

What do you think are the odds of a “live” town hall in Griffin’s future? Say at Children’s Hospital, scene of the famous summer of “take my country back” rage?

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