Congressman Rodney “Rod” Blum (R-Ia.) sat down for a scheduled interview with TV9 investigative reporter Josh Scheinblum in Dubuque, Iowa Monday.
The interview didn’t last long, as he walked out after the second question.
The interview took place prior to Blum’s townhall meeting at the local high school gymnasium. The very first question, Scheinblum asked him why he was requiring attendees to show their identification in order to enter the town hall meeting.
Surrounded by school children, Blum responded that his town hall was for the people of his district, and not for people from Chicago or Des Moines or Minneapolis. “I don’t represent them,” Blum said. “They should go talk to their representatives at their town hall meetings.”
The decision was an obvious attempt to prevent out-of-town protesters from crashing the town hall meeting, as has occured at multiple town hall events over the past few months.
Scheinblum asked him, “Some would make the case that you represent all Iowans – the decisions that you make impact all Iowans, so shouldn’t all Iowans have a voice at the table, or at least have an option to?”
Blum said, “I don’t represent all Iowans. I represent the first distict of Iowa.”
“Would you still take donations from a Republican in Iowa City?” the reporter asked.
At that point, Blum got up, removed his microphone, said, “This is ridiculous. This is ridiculous. He’s going to sit here and just badger me,” and walked out, the school children following him.
Later he commented, “It was very apparent that he had an agenda. It’s my right to say that this interview is over.”
See interview below, along with segments from the town hall meeting, which did not go smoothly either.
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