Group gives Easter basket full of questions to Congressman Gohmert

Updated: Apr. 13, 2017 at 8:44 PM CDT
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Indivisible of Smith County and Our Revolution members delivered this basket of questions to...
Indivisible of Smith County and Our Revolution members delivered this basket of questions to Congressman Gohmert's Tyler office Thursday. (Source: KLTV)

TYLER, TX (KLTV) - The Indivisible of Smith County group is still asking Congressman Louie Gohmert to hold a public, in-person town hall meeting for Texas's 1st Congressional District.

The group has been asking since February, and they got creative with their request on Thursday by hand delivering an Easter basket full of questions to his district office in Tyler.

The basket was full of colorful plastic eggs, just like any traditional Easter basket, but instead of candy inside each egg, there were the questions.

A few examples include:

  • "If Republicans and Democrats could work together, would you ever consider repairing ObamaCare?"
  • "Are you alarmed that the White House has taken unprecedented action to monitor intelligence data relating to the investigation of their own ties to Russia?"
  • "Do you support the idea of the US sending more troops to the Middle East? Would you vote for us to go to war?"

The questions covered a range of topics, including the fate of healthcare and social security in the United States, plans for the President's border wall and the financing of it, allegations of Russian involvement in American politics, and environmental issues.

Congressman Gohmert was not at his Tyler office Thursday morning, but did later offer a statement to KLTV, saying "I'm keeping every one of my scheduled events all over my district and haven't missed one of them. This very small group of liberal activists is following their national so-called 'Indivisible' playbook perfectly in their avowed attempt to intimidate their member of Congress..."

The Easter basket was left with congressional staff this morning, and the group says it did not hear back from the Congressman today in regards to the delivery. Further south in East Texas, members of an Indivisible chapter delivered a similar basket to the Congressman's Lufkin office.

"We want to be involved citizens," constituent Mitzi Rusk said.

She stood in the parking lot with her two grandchildren after delivering the basket to the Tyler district office, along with several other constituents.

"And you can tell that I'm not angry," she said. "But I am puzzled and confused; I feel dismissed."

The group says it has formally invited Congressman Gohmert to attend a town hall meeting at the Longview Community Center on April 18 at 7:00 in the evening. Although there is no word yet whether the Congressman will accept the specific invitation, he offered in his statement on Thursday that, "I am not canceling prior commitments to attend whatever distraction this disruptive group scheduled."

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