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Can You Safely Contact Your Senator?

This came up in a local column today.  

Capitol police call citizen

Elise Lazar, who lives in Salt Lake County, called Sen. Orrin Hatch’s Salt Lake City office March 25 to inquire if the senator would be in town over spring break and if he scheduled any town hall meetings.

The receptionist asked why she would want to know that. Lazar said she had concerns on certain issues that she would like to discuss with him and she had friends who might want to attend the meeting as well.

Ms. Lazar was contacted by Capitol Police.  

But the next day Lazar received a call on her cell phone from the Capitol Hill Police in Washington, D.C., telling her they had received a complaint about her from Hatch’s office and that they felt she might be a suspicious person.

My new representative is Chris Stewart, who seems to the right of Glenn Beck.  How do I make my voice heard?  

PS.  As previously discussed in my diaries, you do not get to tell me to move.  I live in Salt Lake City by choice, by custom, and now, by legal agreement.  

The point here is not where I live.  The point is, do we have access to our elected officials or not?  

And how can we gain or re-gain this ability.  

A big thanks to our local columnist Paul Rolly for breaking this story.  


  1. slksfca

    Both Rep. Speier and Senator Boxer fill my email inbox regularly with notices of their upcoming appearances while on visits home from D.C. (I’m not on Senator Feinstein’s mailing list). Why would Senator Hatch’s office call the cops on this woman? All I can think of is that they really are paranoid, or that the woman really did sound unhinged over the phone. Either way, I’d like to know more.

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