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Columbian: Herrera Beutler Asked Paper to Keep Constituent Meeting Secret

By Erica C. Barnett October 19, 2011

US Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-WA, 3) asked a local newspaper to keep a coffee meeting with 24 constituents in Centralia secret, out of fear that "people from outside the immediate area could come and 'just yell' at the congresswoman 'whatever’s on their minds,' [Herrera Beutler communications director Casey] Bowman said Friday," the Vancouver Columbian reports.
On Friday The Chronicle in Centralia received a phone call from Herrera Beutler staffer and Communications Director Casey Bowman informing the newspaper of the meeting. Bowman asked that a meeting announcement not be placed in the paper. However, he did invite the paper to cover the event.

The Chronicle refused his request and published an announcement in Saturday’s paper. [...]

“When word gets in the paper, you get a certain set of people,” Bowman said.

Herrera Beutler claims to have invited "between 5,000 and 10,000 people" to the coffee meeting.

Last time Herrera Beutler held an open town hall, it was a fiasco, with attendees booing her claim that the Republican health-care plan "supports Medicare" and yelling "Liar!" at the freshman Congresswoman.
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