Quico Canseco tried out the special invitation only "town hall" in San Antonio so favored by Republicans this August:
Solis said Canseco turned down an invitation this month to hold a town hall meeting at his South Side church. His secretary “said, ‘No. We don't do that. That's impossible,'” Solis said. “So now we're here".
Proving that you can run from the people, but you can't hide, Canseco was confronted by his constituents:
They claimed the protest was inspired by Canseco's refusal to meet with his working-class constituents.
Instead, Quico was having a gathering with his "job creator" pals at the Chamber of Commerce. Not to be left out, 70 of his constituents rallied at the confab and gave him a piece of their minds.
And they were angry. Over Medicare:
“I want to protect the senior citizens of San Antonio,” said Diaz, 44. “When you cut the medicines for the people, you are committing a form of euthanasia.
“I want him to know that I'm a senior citizen, my wife and I,” said the Rev. Ysidro Solis, 73. “It doesn't take a rocket scientist to know that if he takes away our Medicare, we're gone.”
Quico tried to weasel out when interviewed by the reporter, using the right wing talking point that his efforts are meant to "...strengthen medicare, not destroy it". Ohhkay! Except Quico's constituents would have nothing to do with it. And they stood up to him, despite his dodgy ways.
Quico, a banker by trade born with a silver spoon in his mind, arrived at the Chamber to rail against government spending. Instead, he got a piece of hot working class disdain. Funny how defensive he got:
“Let me tell you something: I don't refuse to meet with anybody,” Canseco said. “But at the same time, if they want me to meet on a day that I'm neither here in San Antonio, but in Washington and already booked up, we're going to have to come to an agreement on what schedule it is.
No congressman Quico, perhaps you should stay in DC, because when you come to San Antonio the people will seek you out, whether you like it or not.
It's anyone's guess as to how redistricting will shake out for the 23d District. Regardless, Quico will have to face some angry voters next year. All in all it's turning out to be a sweet August.