Republican Senator Threatens Citizens with Arrest if They Continue Asking for a Town Hall

Senator Ron Johnson (R-Wisconsin) apparently doesn’t think the citizens who pay his salary should get to meet with him.

Johnson, who narrowly won reelection in November, has been dodging requests for a town hall meeting with constituents throughout the Congressional recess. Recently, several hundred of Johnson’s constituents held a town hall in Madison, Wisconsin with an empty chair where Johnson would have been sitting.

“How can he be our voice in Washington when he’s not here listening to the voices of the state he represents?” Madison resident Stephanie Kurtz said.

After enough pressure from constituents, Johnson finally responded, but not in a way they would hope. In a cease-and-desist letter Johnson’s office sent to one constituent who made regular calls and visits to Sen. Johnson’s office, the Wisconsin senator threatened to call the police and order the constituent’s arrest if they didn’t stop calling and visiting.

“Our office has done all that we can to assist you with your concerns. This letter acts as written notice of our expectation for you to discontinue your unwanted telephone calls and office visits,” the letter read. “If you fail to comply with this notice, then we will have no other alternative but to contact the United States Capitol Police and report your noncompliance.”

A photo of the letter Sen. Johnson’s office sent to a constituent.

As of this writing, Sen. Johnson has still not yet scheduled a town hall meeting despite constituents’ repeated requests. You can contact Johnson at one of his three Senate offices:

517 East Wisconsin Avenue
Suite 408
Milwaukee, WI 53202
Phone: (414) 276-7282

219 Washington Avenue
Suite 100
Oshkosh, WI 54901
Phone: (920) 230-7250

328 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
Phone: (202) 224-5323


Jamie Green is a contributor for the Resistance Report covering the Trump administration, and lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan.