"Duffy Gets Huffy: Congressman Tells Voters Concerned With Ryan Budget To ‘Have Your Own Town Hall’"
As ThinkProgress reported last week, GOP Rep. Sean Duffy (WI) was encountered angry opposition from his constituents at a town hall meeting last week in Wisconsin. Locals objected to Duffy advocating for Rep. Paul Ryan’s (R-WI) budget plan that would effectively end Medicare while at the same time advocating for cutting taxes even more for the richest people.
Now, more video has been posted on YouTube from the same town hall, revealing that Duffy faced even more opposition on the Ryan budget than previously thought. One constituent pointed out that Ryan’s budget is being buoyed by statistics from a flawed Heritage Foundation study:
CONSTITUENT: I’d like to know where you get your information, where those projections come from?
DUFFY: That’s also from the CBO.
CONSTITUENT: No, no, no, no, no. Did you get any information from the Heritage Foundation?
DUFFY: […] This is OMB and CBO.
CONSTITUENT: Show me how the Ryan budget that you just voted for brings down the deficit.
DUFFY: I don’t have the chart here. […]
CONSTITUENT: […] I know what chart you used, it came from the Heritage Foundation, from a man named William W. Beach, he’s lying. It’s a fraud. […] A Nobel Prize-winning economist labeled it a fraud! [referring to Paul Krugman]
Later, another constituent criticized Duffy’s claim that the Affordable Care Act cut half a billion dollars from the Medicare program, pointing out that much of this was to tackle waste, fraud, and abuse. This caused Duffy to lose his cool and angrily suggest to the constituent to go host his own town hall:
DUFFY: If you look at PPACA, we’re taking 500 billion dollars out of Medicare to fund this program.
CONSTITUENT: That’s not true!
CONSTITUENT: This is about fraud and abuse. You see these things happen all over the country. They’re talking about money into Medicare fraud enforcement. 60 minutes did a huge story, billions into medicare fraud annually.
DUFFY: Let me tell you what. When you have your town hall you can stand up and give your presentation.
The recent flare up of town hall anger at Duffy isn’t the first time he has faced off with constituents. Earlier this year, he told some constituents that he is struggling to get by on his $174,000 salary. Wisconsin Democrats responded by holding a “food and clothing drive for poor Sean Duffy.” (h/t: spooneradvocate YouTube account)