Breaking with tradition, Sen. Collins has agreed to participate in an open forum in Kennebunkport--hosted by the Concord Coalition. From the press release:
Tuesday, August 25Jeff Thiebert, national grassroots director for the Concord Coalition, tells us that the room seats 150, with space for another 50 in an overflow area.
Noon until 2:00 p.m.
Lunch begins at Noon and the discussion begins at 12:30 p.m.
95 Ocean Avenue
This event is free to the public, but seating is limited. Donations will be accepted...If you are interested in attending please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or call (936) 676-1899. (Emphasis added.)
"We are optimistic that we will have a full house," Thiebert says. So it probably makes sense to reserve as soon as possible.
But will the junior senator take unscreened questions from regular citizens? "I am unclear on the exact specifics of the agenda," says Thiebert. "My colleague has been working with all of the panelists and Senator Collins' office on the specifics."
Still, it's hard to see how Collins could expect constituents to sit through a two hour event billed as a "public discussion" without an opportunity, somewhere along the way, to quiz their senator.
If we learn more, we'll pass it along.