Things heat up at Congressman Steve Pearce's town hall meeting |

Things heat up at Congressman Steve Pearce's town hall meeting

Leonard Tapia
March 05, 2017 07:42 AM

RUIDOSO—Saturday morning was a very intense and emotional morning for New Mexicans who attend a town hall meeting in Ruidoso hosted by Republican Congressman Steve Pearce.


Outside, protesters lined the street with signs in hand and a very clear message: they're unhappy with the work the congressman is doing.

Inside, Pearce opened the floor to his constituents for any questions or concerns they had.

Some of the topics discussed were health care, transgender rights and President Trump. As you can imagine, emotions were high and even a fight broke out.

Pearce said you can never predict what's going to happen at these meetings, and felt the meeting was very productive overall.

“We covered very deep, detailed issues with a lot of passion on both sides,” said Pearce. “You can tell that there was a lot of intensity.”

However, some who attended the meeting say although they appreciate  Pearce holding the town hall, they feel he could have done a better job when it came to answering the questions they asked.

“I felt like some of the answers were a little on the vague side or some that I didn't agree with, but overall it was a good thing,” said Lydia Radosevich, a Ruidoso resident.

One woman said she traveled all the way from Las Cruces just to have her voice heard, but the meeting wasn’t all she had hoped for.

“I wasn't entirely satisfied with what I heard, I felt like he dodged some questions, but I'm really glad he at least came here,” said Barbra Kim.

About 350 people were at the meeting.  Pearce said he has always, and will continue to hold town halls.


Leonard Tapia

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