Congressman Tom Reed said in a Fox News interview he didn’t know why protesters gathered at his Ithaca office on Valentine’s Day for a 24-hour sit-in, despite numerous public statements, through traditional media outlets and on social media, about their intentions.
“I don’t know what they are protesting other than they are taking over the office,” Reed said in the Feb. 15 interview.
Fellow Republican Chris Collins, who refuses to meet with constituents at town hall meetings, recently told news outlet WGRZ he regards them as “useless.”
Reed and Collins each represent parts of Ontario County in districts that span a portion of the Finger Lakes region. Both are the targets of fired-up constituents demanding face time with GOP representatives — representatives they say are out of touch and ignoring their concerns about what is going on in Washington, and in their home districts.