Rep. Patrick McHenry Challenged By Town Hall Crowd On Failure To Create Jobs, End The Wars

Rep. Patrick McHenry (R-NC)

Last night, Rep. Patrick McHenry (R-NC) encountered an “agitated” town hall audience in his heavily Republican district. According to reporter Jordan-Ashley Baker, McHenry was confronted by a number of constituents frustrated with the gridlock in Congress and the failure to produce any new jobs:

Tempers flared more than once during the question-and-answer session as some town hall attendees questioned McHenry’s responses. Some people placed their heads in their hands while others crossed their arms before them. They demanded different answers and more action from the congressman. Others walked out. […]

“What do you propose to do that you haven’t done in the last couple years to bring back jobs, make the economy better?” Hillman asked the fourth-term U.S. congressman.

Constituent Melba Chandler’s “voice broke” when she approached the congressman about her sons, both active duty military servicemen, and asked only one question of McHenry:

“I would appreciate it if you could work to get our boys home,” she said.

It should be noted that McHenry, an eager cheerleader for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, has not worked on any substantive legislation to end the wars or develop new jobs programs. Rather, as ThinkProgress has reported, he has spent the last few months vacationing with payday lending lobbyists and planting attacks on regulators charged with overseeing loan sharks. Last year, McHenry sponsored legislation to place a picture of Ronald Reagan on the $50 bill.

McHenry, who was flanked by 14 police officers for security purposes, said the turn out at the town halls in Kings Mountain was the highest its been since 2009.