If Republican Representative Rod Blum is going to get so defensive when asked tough questions by reporters, maybe he should not have voted to repeal and replace Obamacare last week.
Blum was being interviewed on a local Iowa station Monday when reporter Josh Scheinblum began to question why the congressman was refusing the public access to a town hall later that night by requiring participants to provide an ID proving that they live in his district. Blum was immediately defensive, stating that:
I don’t represent all Iowans — I represent the First District of Iowa. That would be like saying, ‘Shouldn’t I be able to, even though I live in Dubuque, be able to go vote in Iowa City during the election because I’d like to vote in that district instead?
This response led Scheinblum to ask:
Would you still take donations from a Republican in Iowa City?
And that question set Blum off. He stormed out of the interview, saying:
This is ridiculous. This is ridiculous. He’s just going to sit here and badger me.
The schoolchildren were confused and a little bewildered when Blum got angry and left in the middle of the interview, but perhaps not as confused as they will be once their mommies and daddies try to explain why that nice man who pretended to care about them while using them for a publicity stunt voted to take away their healthcare.
And while Scheinblum did not get a chance to question Representative Blum on why he was one of 217 lawmakers to vote yes on the repeal and replacement of the Affordable Care Act last week before Blum abruptly ended the interview, it seemed to be the only question on the minds of the over 1,000 people who attended the town hall later that night. During his opening remarks and throughout the evening, Representative Blum was repeatedly interrupted by his VERIFIED constituents demanding to know why the Congressman had voted yes on the GOP plan to repeal Obamacare.