Brat faces raucous crowd at town hall

  • 2017-02-21
  • Source: CNN
  • by: Ashley Killough

Rep. Dave Brat faced a raucous crowd Tuesday night at a town hall here in the outer edge of his district, where a majority of the room interrupted him with angry shouts and jeers.

The Virginia Republican took at least 34 questions for over an hour and at times appeared to enjoy the back-and-forth.

"I don't mind boisterousness. I'm having fun," Brat said toward the end, swinging his arm in the air as people continued to shout at him. "I like having debate, spirited conversation -- if you can have a conversation."

Activists in his district had been calling on Brat to hold a town hall since the election in November. Until Tuesday night, he had held Facebook town halls, drawing criticism from those who say he was trying to avoid confrontation.

While Republican lawmakers are facing pushback at town halls across the country, Brat especially ignited frustration among some women in his district when he was recorded last month saying that "since Obamacare and these issues have come up, the women are in my grill no matter where I go."  Read more at CNN

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