by Matt Hissey, AFP-PA field coordinator
Recently, I led 6 Americans for Prosperity activists to a meeting with their Congressman Jim Gerlach (PA-6th district), and we certainly did have an eventful time.
We started off meeting at Starbucks half an hour before our scheduled meeting to discuss strategy. This enabled us to all get on the same page, refine our message, and get to know each other better. It proved immensely effective in organizing and conveying our message to Congressman Gerlach.
We began our meeting with am offensive line of questioning. Demanding yes or no answers to questions we had thoroughly researched. We had documentation of his voting records, which enabled us to hold him accountable and stop him from filibustering the meeting. We mainly focused on spending accountability and real cuts in spending, but only received a concrete answer that he would never vote to raise taxes.
Overall the meeting went smoothly, but it was fascinating for me to observe the different factions of the right interacting with each other. They were all involved for different reasons, but they seemed to be united in that we need to cut the size and scope of the federal government. I see a movement brewing where conservatives from across the spectrum come together to fight for freedom and liberty.
I am looking forward to the meetings we have scheduled with other members of the Congress from Pennsylvania over the next two weeks. We will continue to demand real cuts and spending accountability, and for them to take a leadership role in advocating these beliefs.