Tuesday, October 15 2013, 07:29 PM EDT
TN Congressmen Talk Twitter, Openness on Social Media
When issues arise on Capitol Hill... what can you expect of your state representatives?
Tuesday morning, the GOP met to discuss a new proposal, focusing on extending the debt ceiling, reopening the government, and setting up a budget conference.
Many local House members kept their constituents connected on social media sites like their Twitter pages.
But as we learned today, others are keeping a low profile.
District 3 representative, Chuck Fleischmann, says he's dedicated to finding a solution to the government shutdown -- among other issues on Capitol Hill.
"I know people in the 3rd district of Tennessee realize I'm probably one of the hardest working congressmen. We're going to continue to go along that path. It's my commitment to stay here and come up with a solution," said Fleischmann.
However, he hasn't shared that determination online. At least as much as his colleagues.
"I prefer a one-on-one approach. I am generating phone calls to my constituents... I'm not casting aspersions on any other member. I want to reach out and touch the people and be accountable to the people... not a website."
Compared to congressman Scott DesJarlais and Georgia's Tom Graves... Fleischmann hasn't said much on his website or Twitter and Facebook pages.
Fleischmann's predecessor, Zach Wamp, told me today staying quiet on social media, and on Capitol Hill, will ultimately disappoint his constituents.
"This better not be the time you run for the hills or hide under the coattails of the leadership. This is the time you step out and show, 'Am I up to the job or not?' And I frankly haven't seen Congressman Fleischmann anywhere, public or private, since this started," said Wamp.
However, Wamp went on to say Fleischmann isn't the only one getting heat for appearing ineffective.
"They're looking at all of them. Not just Chuck, all of them. They're saying, 'Hey, it's time for a change. Let's turn this bunch out and send some new people, surely they can do better than the people there now.'"
Later this afternoon, a spokesman for Representative Fleischmann stressed that the congressman remains accessible by phone calls and e-mails all the constituents and business in his district.
In the meantime, the House GOP is still searching for an agreeable compromise to hopefully end the shutdown.
By: Kelsey Bagwell