A town hall held by Congressman Jeff Fortenberry grew raucous and rowdy as an estimated 1,500 people packed a Lincoln high school.
Fortenberry had trouble at times talking over the crowd, which alternated between applause and boos, some shouting at the Congressman Monday evening.
Fortenberry said he anticipated an emotional crowd which reflected the political and philosophical divide in the country
“The same thing here, particularly in this community,” Fortenberry told reporters afterward. “So, I anticipated it would be robust. My hope was to present my perspectives, take as many questions as I could. I think that was the outcome. I think that’s reasonable.”
Some in the crowd were reasonable, some were not.
Most questions settled on the proposal by Republicans in the House of Representatives to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. Many loudly condemned the proposal, criticizing House Speaker Paul Ryan as well as President Donald Trump. Several times Fortenberry had to ask for quiet, both to hear questions and to answer.
Had he ever had a town hall like this?
“No, this is the biggest and most robust,” Fortenberry said, laughing.
AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [:50]