Approval for Congressional Republicans stands at just 24 percent. So how, exactly, can House Republicans make sure their events with constituents go smoothly?
Republican leaders have an answer: Plant questions.
In a detailed, 31-page guide produced by the House Republican Conference, Republican Conference Chairwoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers (WA) repeatedly advises staff to plant questions at public events:
Advice for a “Meetup”:
Prepare a few questions in advance in case the conversation slowly starts. A meetup event should be closed press so everyone feels comfortable to candidly speak about the issues.
Advice for a “Roundtable”:
Prepare a few questions in advance in case the conversation slowly starts.
Advice for a “Health Care Forum”:
[C]reate a 10-minute talk on the issue and its effects on the specific demographic. Also, have questions prepared to facilitate the discussion.
The document also advises members to plant friendly people in the audience: “Invite at least 3-4 people with whom the member already has an established relationship. This will strengthen the conversation and take it in a direction that is most beneficial to the member’s goal.”
A spokeswoman for McMorris Rodgers defended the document, saying it detailed “best practices.”