"Some would make the case that you represent all Iowans". Scheinblum countered that Blum represents "all Iowans" because the decisions he makes in Congress affect the entire state.
Scheinblum followed up Blum's answer asking, "Would you still take donations from a Republican in Iowa City?". This is ridiculous. This is ridiculous. "He's just going to sit here and badger me", Blum said as he walked away.
At this point, Blum stormed off while muttering in disgust, leaving the reporter, his film crew, and a bunch of bewildered children in his wake.
An Iowa congressman abruptly ended an interview moments after it started when pressed why he was requiring town hall attendees to prove they are his constituents. But as Scheinblum showed, this is an entirely hypocritcal posture for Blum, who has of course gladly accepted campaign contributions from all across the country.
When Scheinblum asked Blum if he would take political donations from people outside his district, the lawmaker became agitated.
Only 14 of the 217 House Republicans who voted for the American Health Care Act last week are holding town hall events during this week's recess. He said his office had received messages from people who hoped that Blum would shoot himself in the head, that his office would be "riddled with bullets", and that there would be violence at the town hall meeting. Tickets were drawn, so those who got to ask questions were chosen in a lottery. although one woman yelled: "Bingo!" when Blum called out her ticket number.
Here's a video of a town hall held in Dubuque, Iowa, yesterday evening, by ultra-conservative House Freedom Caucus member Rod Blum. "I represent the first district of Iowa".
Dallas Knapp, 22, a local college senior, had asked Blum about his television interview. "And the answer is, 'Yes, '" Blum said to boos.
The second-term Republican got up two minutes into the KCRG Monday interview, saying, "I'm done. this is ridiculous", after being asked whether he accepts donations from outside his district.
The station said Blum agreed with an interview with KCRG-TV's chief investigative reporter Josh Scheinblum, but the congressman left mid-interview despite sitting in the middle of a gaggle of children that the congressman insisted be there, according to TV9. But he made sure that no one from outside his district could take his constituents' seats at the meeting.
Blum continued: "The Democrat opponents I've ran against the last two cycles have far outraised me both those cycles, and more of their money has come from outside the district than mine".
"We were ambushed. He didn't want to do anything on the Dream Center and very apparent that he had an agenda and so, you know, it's my right to say: "This interview is over, quite frankly, and that interview was over, '" Blum said".
"I have always said the process was bad", the congressman replied.