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By Patrick Malloy, candidate, 50th Congressional District

March 18, 2017 (Ramona) -- I was inside at the Ramona "town hall" but that's not an accurate depiction. It started off with prayer, and then led into the Congressman's adoration of our President, skipping over the checks and balances that we elected him for. My name is Patrick Malloy, I'm running in 2018 or sooner if we have a special election, which we deserve. I ran for this seat in the last election.

I want to thank our Representative for demonstrating exactly how not to hold a town hall meeting. I will hold no less than six in person town hall meetings a year, with 1,000 seat capacity, if capacity is reached, then we will have a same day second seating at the same venue. I will start the meeting off without a prayer, and get straight to the questions. A Patrick Malloy town hall meeting will be held in a different town hall every other month throughout the district, and live cast for call in with questions. Written questions will be gathered in plain sight and given to a moderator for random selection. Our town hall meetings will be focused on our district, your tax dollars, and your concerns, not a President nor a Party.

On the issues that came up most frequently, healthcare, Russia's involvement in our election and immigration here's my stance:

Healthcare- I stand for a single payer healthcare system, this enables small business to shed the burden of paying into employee’s healthcare and promotes small business growth, and it also disables the attraction to joining up in the military as your only option for lifetime socialized medicine, not to mention that it protects your home and your assets from forfeiture.

I stand for immigration reform, amnesty- not forever, just for a limited time. I will have bi-lingual help at my Congressional office to help bring people out of the shadows and get right with their immigration status.

Any zealous elected official bent on finding something, anything on Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama, but is reluctant to investigate a foreign government's potential election tampering, is not fit to be part of the checks and balances in our great nation.

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another far left attack piece

russia didn't do anything not done by ALL powers against each other.... plenty of evidence barkyobobo wiretapped foreign governments and sent toadies to Israel to try to defeat Bibi N
the federal government does not have a Constitutional role in medicine or healthcare... the only way roberts justified the fraudulent and destructive obamcare was by declaring it a tax.
fresh air helps us all

Rep Hunter's Clown Town Hall

I was at the Town Hall in Ramona and completely agree with Patrick Malloy. DH was very condescending and showed no interest in listening to constituents. Rather he was arrogant and showed no remorse for his ethics violations i.e., his kids pet rabbit flew first class using campaign funds. How can someone do that and then eliminate meals on wheels to needy Veterans?!?! He has to go in 2018!

Obama had plenty of time to investigate

Russia's "potential election tampering" which is a ridiculous claim w/o any basis whatsoever. Anyone running for office on that fictitious claim is gasping at straws trying to get on the public dole in a Congress that is already at ninety percent disapproval. Now if one wants to investigate US actions against foreign governments there is plenty of evidence.

Republican George Bush's White House Lawyer says it's "treason."

He testified to the Senate Intelligence Committee that "treason is an oversight action" and that he believes treason has occurred in the Trump campaign's collusion with Russian officials to influence an election outcome. He emphasized "There is no other word for it" in a Tweet this week.

There could be more at stake than defeating Clinton. There are now links being drawn to Russian mobsters and big oil money with a lot at stake in Russia with a Trump presidency.  Interestingly we've now see 7 high profile Russians murdered who were involved in various aspects of Russian/Putin corruption investigations  It would be naive to suggest those were all jsut concidences.  We don't yet know how deep this goes, but there are now some senior Republican Senators who have voiced grave concerns, such as Senator John McCain, former GOP presidential nominee. 

All parties should clean their own houses if there is corruption or wrongdoing, as Dems did when they backed booting Filner out of office, and Reps did when they were prepared to impeach Nixon, who then resigned.

You missed my point.

There is no basis for the charge of Russia interfering in the election, which means there is no bases for a charge of treason. Can we stick to facts? Is that too much to ask?