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Facing voter discontent, lawmakers skip town halls
Where's the lawmaker? Hard to find at town hall meeting in a summer of voter discontent
By The Associated Press

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) ' Some lawmakers abandoned the recess ritual of town halls this summer as they faced widespread voter discontent.

Some cited security in the aftermath of the shooting that severely wounded Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords at a meet-and-greet event in January. Others blamed grass-roots groups for commandeering the town halls. Still others opted for smaller, sometimes private or paid events.

Whatever the excuse, the dearth of meetings has sparked criticism that lawmakers are dodging constituents when Congress faces abysmal poll numbers. An Associated Press-GFK poll shows 87 percent of Americans disapprove of lawmakers' job performance.

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