Divided crowd in Aubrey for congressman's town hall

- Congressman Michael Burgess' town hall Thursday night in Denton County went like a number of town halls recently.

Some in the crowd were angry, loud and hostile towards the U.S. representative from North Texas.

A lot of issues were talked about brought out cheers and boos from the crowd, depending on what side of the issue people were on.

At the start, Representative Burgess said he hoped this would not be a political event and that instead it would be an opportunity for him to hear from his constituents. But it didn't take long for things to turn political.

Several people lined up to ask questions on the issues that mattered to them. At times, the conversation even got somewhat combative when a constituent asked Burgess about the investigation into President Donald Trump's possible dealings with Russia.

“It is a hypothetical situation. We are not going down that road,” he told the woman.

“So you're ok with collusion and Russia interfering with our election?” she replied.

“Ok, look. I will say this. You've had a full year to produce something, and it hasn’t happened,” he said.

The town hall came about a week after the Republicans' latest attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

Congressman Burgess said health care is an issue many of his constituents have contacted him about. He said it must include discussion about repealing the Affordable Care Act.

“I think it's a shame the Senate couldn't take that last step,” the representative said. “Had they passed anything at all and gone to a conference committee — and that truly would've been a bipartisan exercise — there would’ve been Republicans and Democrats, House and Senate involved in that committee.”

Citizens will get another opportunity to address Congressman Burgess Saturday morning at 9 a.m. at the Colony High School.                  

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