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McMorris Rodgers Town Hall Tickets Go Quick

Critics question size of venue for congresswoman’s first town hall since Trump’s election

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., has been criticized for not holding town hall meetings in her district since President Donald Trump’s election. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Tickets for a Thursday town hall meeting with House Republican Conference Chairwoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers, her first since the election of President Donald Trump, were snatched up in 43 minutes.

The Washington Republican will host the event at Gonzaga University's Globe Room, Spokane TV station KXLY reported. The event will last for an hour and a half and allow for an hour of questions.

But some in the district say a single town hall with 300 tickets is not sufficient to address concerns that people have.

“She needs to hear from her constituents what their concerns are,” Paul Potocky told the station.

McMorris Rodgers’ aides said there not many venues available in Spokane and that they gave advance notice for the event.

"Tomorrow at her annual August town hall meeting, the Congresswoman is looking forward to sharing all the work the House has done to move forward on solutions that improve people’s lives," said spokeswoman Molly Drenkard.

Drenkard also said McMorris Rodgers has held coffee round tables on policy, small group discussions and Facebook Live Q&As.

Ticket recipients will also have to show proof they live in the district to be allowed in, according to the congresswoman’s office.

Correction 2:47 p.m.| A previous version said McMorris Rodgers had not met with constituents since President Donald Trump's election.

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