If a congressman holds a listening session and only one constituent shows up, is it a failure of participatory democracy or a fine example of the beauty of the democratic process?
Craig Gilbert, a political reporter for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, kicked off the question this week when he tweeted this photo of Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner talking with Dave Mantz, the only person who showed up.
Went to GOP Cong. Jim Sensenbrenner’s town hall this morning in the Wisconsin town of Rubicon (pop 2,249) and just 1 constituent showed up. Dave Mantz had the floor to himself. The two politely discussed their differences on net neutrality … then discussed them a little more pic.twitter.com/EvlrSYENzC
— Craig Gilbert (@WisVoter) June 4, 2018
Mantz was there to talk about net neutrality, a subject on which he and the congressman disagree.
Sensenbrenner has held 41 meetings with constituents so far this year, according…