Ed Driscoll

Murtha Under Pressure To Attend Town Hall

Pass the popcorn if he actually shows up:

Tim Burns, the Republican challenging longtime Rep. John Murtha (D-Pa.), has invited the incumbent to attend a healthcare town hall meeting on Thursday in Murtha’s district.

The move is aimed at highlighting Murtha’s decision not to host a town hall where Burns said constituents would be able to express their views on the healthcare debate directly to the lawmaker.

Murtha has held several telephone conference calls with constituents on healthcare, and plans to host another in September. But so far he has not held a town hall meeting where he would have more direct interaction with constituents.

Town halls across the country have erupted into shouting matches over healthcare reform, and many Democrats have found themselves facing hostile crowds.

Perhaps Murtha could hold his at the Center for Instrumented Critical Infrastructure.