Call of the Day: Demand a Town Hall This Recess

The Congressional recess started yesterday, Monday, May 29th, and goes until next Monday, June 5th.  Senator Bill Cassidy already has two town halls scheduled next week (one in Gonzales and one in Covington), but his colleagues Senator Kennedy, Representative Scalise and Representative Richmond haven't scheduled anything.

Worse yet, Senator. Kennedy's local staff isn't even answering his phones, as the Gambit reported Wednesday.  We already knew that, though, as many of you have reported getting busy signals and answering machines when you call, but never a staffer.

That's why we're going to do something a little unusual today.  Normally, I stress that if you're going to contact a local office, you should do so by phone – that's the only way you can be sure your opposition is logged, and not deleted or thrown away.  But since Kennedy's staff isn't picking up the phone, today I'd like you to ALSO try sending him an email at https://www.kennedy.senate.gov/content/contact-senator.

As for the rest, it's once again time to demand some town halls (or, in Cassidy's case, thank him for what he has scheduled, and ask him for one closer to home!)

WHO TO CALL:

Senator Bill Cassidy - in DC at (202) 224-5824, and in Metairie at (504) 838-0130.

Senator John Kennedy - in DC at (202) 224-4623, and in Monroe at (318) 361-1489.

Representative Cedric Richmond - in DC at (202) 225-6636, and in New Orleans at (504) 288-3777

OR

Representative Steve Scalise - in DC at (202) 225-3015, and in Metairie at (504) 837-1259

Because of how Congressional districts are drawn, New Orleans residents have either Richmond or Scalise as their representative.  If you don't know who your representative is, you can look it up by entering your home address on the U.S. House of Representatives website.

Reminders: Identify where you're calling from (town and zip code is fine) so they know you're an actual constituent.  Only call your own representative. Be concise - the office will get through more calls that way.  Be polite and don't argue with the staffer - they don't set policy.  If you get a voicemail, then leave a message.  And if you get a busy signal -- call back later!

Sample script- 

Hi, my name is [Name] from New Orleans, zip code 70118 [or wherever you're from].  I don't need a response. 

IF CASSIDY:

I'm calling to thank Senator Cassidy for scheduling two town halls next week during the Memorial Day recess, and I wanted to ask if he would hold one in Metairie or New Orleans as well.

Thank you for your time, and for your hard work answering the phones.

IF KENNEDY, SCALISE OR RICHMOND:

I'm calling to ask [NAME] to schedule a town hall next week during the Memorial Day recess. The Congressman has yet to schedule a single in-person town hall all year. As his constituent, I find this is unacceptable.

Thank you for your time, and for your hard work answering the phones.

BONUS: (Also email Sen. Kennedy at https://www.kennedy.senate.gov/content/contact-senator)

If every single person makes one call to each MoC's DC and local offices, that should be 1500+ calls!  That kind of thing gets noticed.  So go on.  Let's get those phones ringing off the hook!

This call is courtesy of Indivisible Metairie.