This article from the Sanford News is a case study in how the junior senator typically interacts with local constituents when she hits town:
Collins spent Friday taking a swing through southern Maine. Before arriving at the Sanford News office, she toured Whatman on Community Drive in South Sanford. Earlier in the day, she toured the Terra Cotta Pasta Company in Kittery and visited an elementary school and attended a Chamber of Commerce luncheon in York.To recap: An editorial board meeting; a tour through a couple of companies; a school visit; and lunch with business folks.
Nothing wrong with any of that. But left out of the equation, of course, is direct contact with unvetted groups of adult Mainers.
Question: Why does Collins seem so averse to mixing it up with average Mainers? Why does her itinerary so often include a chat with school kids and a private meeting with business leaders, but virtually never a forum with her voting constituents?