My story on Congressman Charlie Dent's town hall in Hanover Township will appear in The Bethlehem Press. Over 400 people attended, so many that parking had to be re-directed to a nearby church. Some wonder why Dent gave such little notice. He explained that his schedule keeps him pretty busy, but when he thought he could juggle some time, he did. His secretary told me he actually had to move some appointments around to conduct a town hall. Another problem he faced was finding a venue. He said he was turned down at several places because of liability concerns. But a third reason for such little notice is that these town halls have devolved into a circus. Though Dent is far more popular among Democrats than many Republicans, he still had to contend with a number of partisan Democrats, most of them middle-aged women for some reason, who seemed to think that 400 people came to listen to them interrupt and yell.
I also found it odd that many NorCo Republicans were missing. This includes party boss Lee Snover. I have since learned that Dent was not at the county party's Lincoln Day breakfast.
According to 538, Charlie Dent has a 92% Trump score, meaning that he votes overwhelmingly in accordance with Trump's wishes. If the NorCo GOP party has trouble coming to grips with that, it's no better than the people disrupting town halls.Also,I thought iy was the party's job to elect Republicans, not set policy.