The Daily News reports that despite US Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler's (R-1) efforts to carefully control public and media access to her (Herrera Beutler eschews formal town hall meetings in favor of unpublicized, invitation-only "community coffees"), one constituent at a recent meeting managed to get in a dig in at the freshman congresswoman for pledging not to support a tax increase of any kind.

The paper reports:
Kathy Thompson, a Longview real-estate broker, blasted Herrera Beutler for signing conservative activist Grover Norquist's pledge not to support any tax increase of any kind.

"I think this is totally un-American. I think your only pledge should be to uphold the Constitution of the United States," Thompson said.

Later, a woman identifying herself as affiliated with a Longview offshoot of the Occupy Portland movement asked Herrera Beutler to stand up against "corporate greed," which prompted another man wearing a U.S. Army hat to stand up and criticize the Occupy protesters.

Herrera Beutler has said she only appears in closed, unpublicized meetings because she wants to hear from "real people" from inside her district, not outside organizers or the media.
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