Monday, August 13, 2007

McHenry's town halls moved to conservative churches

Email from today about McHenry's town halls:
I just talked to someone in Mitchell County. They received a congressionally franked slick mailing today on all the town hall meetings. The only change was the time for tomorrow night in Mitchell County. It listed 6:30 till 8:30 pm. just for that one Mitchell meeting. All the others were still 7-9 as on your post.

In 2006 the Mitchell County McHenry Town Hall was held in a local Town Hall. It is interesting that this year it moves to a church. This church, Abundant Life Outreach, is attended by the First Vice Chair of the Republican Party, and Spruce Pine Mayor, and Republican Campaign Activist - Ralph Hise. His mother, Shirley Hise, also attends this church. She is the Director of the Chamber of Commerce (As a side note the Mitchell Chamber rents the front part of its office building to the McHenry Congressional Field Office). Also belonging to the Abundant Life Outreach Church is Bill Sleagel (sp?) who is the new Chair of the Tenth District Republicans.

It is interesting that several other of the locations have moved from public spaces in 2006 to conservative churches in 2007. Another example of this is in Catawba County. Last year the Catawba event was at the Community College.