For Immediate Release
16 March 2017
Contact: Marc Levitt, Herd on the Hill
Logistics: At 12:30p, group to gather at the Northeast corner of 1st and Constitution NE.
CAN WE TALK, SENATOR RUBIO?: HERD ON THE HILL TO HAND-DELIVER PETITION TO SEN. RUBIO’S HILL OFFICE REQUESTING A TOWN HALL MEETING
WASHINGTON, DC – On Thursday, March 23, 2017, grassroots group Herd on the Hill will deliver to Sen. Marco Rubio’s Capitol Hill office a petition signed by more than 11,000 Florida voters. The petition requests a town hall meeting and asks that he stop mischaracterizing his constituents as paid protesters. So far, the elusive senator has been unresponsive to phone calls, emails, texts, and letters to his office.
Herd on the Hill – a grassroots organization of DC residents helping to reach Senators and Representatives that refuse to make themselves available to constituents – has volunteered to present the petition to members of Senator Rubio’s DC staff, according to organization founder Marc Levitt.
“Florida constituents believe Senator Rubio is obligated to hear their voices and concerns and to discuss his positions with them,” said Levitt. “Floridians are tired of being stonewalled, and Herd on the Hill is here to help them make their views known in person on the Hill. It’s a simple request for the Senator: face your constituents, don’t insult them.”
The petition arrives at Sen. Rubio’s office just days after his fundraising and ski junket at Big Sky Ski Resort in Montana, where he probably did not have occasion to interact with Florida voters. In February, Rubio also went to Europe in lieu of exchanging views with his constituents.
Despite the heavy schedule, Rubio’s press secretary found time to denounce Florida constituents exercising their constitutional rights as “ paid protesters .” Herd on the Hill and more than 11,000 of Rubio’s constituents are declaring publicly that they are requesting an audience with him – and have never and would never accept payment for doing their civic duty of petitioning their representatives.
The petition reads:
We, the unpaid organizers and unpaid participants in events and other calls to action, ask that you not attack and spread false information about regular citizens choosing to actively participate in democracy.
We also respectfully request a town hall meeting to give the opportunity for concerned citizens of all party affiliations to better understand and clarify your positions and how you intend to represent the diverse people of the state of Florida.
For information about Herd on the Hill, contact firstname.lastname@example.org .