Thousands Show up for Buchanan Town Hall
Congressman's 75th Town Hall Since Taking Office
SARASOTA – An estimated 2,500 people showed up Saturday for an energetic and spirited town hall hosted by Congressman Vern Buchanan at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Center.
As close to 1,750 people filled the center to capacity, an overflow crowd of 800 were outside, many of them listening via loudspeakers set up by the congressman. Five-thousand people RSVPd to attend the event, but it was impossible to determine how many drove away after parking became unavailable.
Buchanan said he was thrilled at the large number of people who turned out for his 75th town hall since coming to Congress 10 years ago.
“We do things big in Sarasota,” Buchanan told the audience at the start of the event, a big part of which focused on the new congressional plan to replace the Affordable Care Act with a health system based on free markets, choice and competition. “This is democracy in action.”
The audience included people who supported and opposed President Trump’s agenda.
Buchanan said he works in a bipartisan manner and puts listening to his constituents as a top priority. “I want to do what’s best for America, not what’s best for one party or the other,” Buchanan said. “You can’t represent someone if you don’t listen to them."
Buchanan said he appreciated the passion expressed by both sides during the 90-minute town hall. “Some of the best ideas come from the people I represent. Their enthusiasm and energy is contagious and I plan to take their viewpoints back to Washington to make sure their voices are heard.”
“What I heard today will help guide my work in Washington on behalf of the people I represent.”
The Van Wezel Performing Arts Center was filled to capacity with 1,750 people.
Buchanan speaks to attendees of his 75th town hall