Activists mark 2-year anniversary of weekly protests against Sen. Toomey

Mark Abrams
November 13, 2018 - 5:28 pm
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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Political activists who have been demanding Pennsylvania Sen. Pat Toomey stage a public town hall meeting in Philadelphia are marking a protest anniversary.

They call it 'Tuesdays with Toomey', where the activists gather outside the senator's Philadelphia office each week. On this Tuesday, they marked the two-year anniversary for the demonstrations.

Alexandra Gunnison, of Philadelphia, is one of the organizers.

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"He's not done a town hall in Pennsylvania and like it's going on three years now," she told KYW Newsradio. "He needs to come and stand up to the people in Pennsylvania. He needs to come and listen to us."

Gunnison says a Philadelphia town hall would attract a big crowd and it would be a useful forum for him to hear from his constituents.

Steve Kelly, Toomey's spokesman, said the senator has met with constituents dozens of times since taking office 7 years ago.

"Over the past two years, Senator Toomey has hosted 10 different forums for constituents and nearly 80 since taking office in 2011. He's also met with protest groups in Philly, Pittsburgh, Scranton, Harrisburg, Allentown, and D.C."