The Townhall Call

Congressman Price invited me to listen in to one of his townhall calls yesterday on my lunch break. It’s quite impressive technology that the GOP is harnessing.

Basically, an autocall goes out to the district giving a toll free number and password. The people can get on the call if they are interested and hear Congressman Price. The people can que up and ask questions that everyone can hear. The congressman has the option of cutting off rude callers and can end the call when his time is up.

The call quality was impressive. People asked a lot of good questions to the congressman. He handled them well and showed he knows his stuff when hit comes to healthcare.

These calls are going to become more and more common. It’s good to see one of Georgia’s own being one of the very first to take advantage of this new technology.

8 comments

  1. GAWire says:

    These are becoming more popular as conference calls and online forums are easily taking over traditional communications strategies, such as townhall meetings, etc. These tequniques are typically more useful in certain districts, though, Price’s being a good example of one of these.

  2. atlantaman says:

    Just out of curiosity, how is Price’s district better suited for this technology versus other Congressional districts.

  3. Decaturguy says:

    Why is Tom Price spending taxpayer money to advertise his town hall meeting on radio stations like WSB-750 AM?

  4. GAPeach says:

    Decatur, while I don’t know about Price’s ad specifically, many stations air townhall meeting announcements free of charge as a public service.

  5. bird says:

    Tom Price did spend taxpayer dollars to advertise the townhall in a Buckhead/N. Fulton newspaper. The ad specifically stated that it was paid for by Congress.

    Rep. Price, please do not spend my hard-earned paycheck to support your agenda.

    Thank you.

  6. GAWire says:

    atlantaman, to answer your question, I was referring to my earlier post about Tom Price having the 4th wealthiest district in the nation. Strategies incorporating higher technology are more successful in districts where the majority of residents are middle class – which are the people that use more technology – rather than lower class or rural districts. Nothing against folks in rural districts, but where do you think the majority of folks participating in a virtual townhall are going to come from when comparing b/t Roswell and Vidalia?

  7. John Konop says:

    Eric,

    As with both know Tom Price has no solution to the lobbyist give away bill to drug companies. Why not bring back capitalism as John McCain suggested and make drug companies bid for the business like we do in the veteran drug plan.Why not require generic drugs first where estimates have been as high as 29 billion dollar saving to consumers.Why not enforce and toughen trade agreements with countries like communist China that are stealing our drug patens. The I.P. theft is estimated as high as 250 billion a year out of our economy. Thanks jk

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