U.S. Rep. Buddy Carter is hosting town hall meetings this week all across his district — which stretches from Savannah all the way down the coast to the Florida-Georgia line — and is likely to face criticism from constituents if the last round of town halls are any indication.
Earlier this year, he held town halls that were open to the public, and faced significant criticism from constituents concerned about a range of issues, including Obamacare and immigration, local station WTOC reported.
This round of town halls are ticketed events, making it easier for his staff to control access to the event.
Carter, a Republican, represents Georgia’s first congressional district, and supports a host of problematic issues. He’s been vocal about the repeal of the Affordable Care Act, often called Obamacare. Carter is a strong supporter of building a so-called “border wall” at the U.S.-Mexico border and allowing offshore drilling in the Atlantic. He’s also championing a bill to require drug tests for individuals receiving unemployment benefits.
The Congressman has repeatedly criticized Obamacare, writing during the Senate debate on repealing the ACA that Congress needs “to finally end the Obamacare train wreck once and for all.”
He earned himself some unusual media coverage after the Senate failed to pass a repeal measure. Carter was critical of the Senate’s final vote, saying “Somebody needs to go over there to that Senate and snatch a knot in their ass,” during an interview for MSNBC.
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) July 26, 2017
He later doubled down on the use of this language, tweeting out that “it means get your act together.” I’d like to see how well that explanation would fly if someone said Donald Trump needs to “snatch a knot” in his behind, as it’s clearly a Southern expression for beating someone.
Heard “snatch a knot” my whole life – it means get your act together. Shocked this is so confusing.
— Buddy Carter (@RepBuddyCarter) July 27, 2017
Carter has also been a strong supporter of building the so-called “border wall” along the U.S.-Mexico border, issuing a press release praising the Make America Secure Appropriations Act, which would allocate $1.6 billion for the “border wall.”
In a press release, Carter said, “I have had the opportunity to see the dire situation at the Southwest border firsthand and I understand the threats coming through the border into our nation. This legislation provides the resources necessary to begin construction on a Southern border wall to protect Americans from the threats of illegal immigration.”
Carter has also championed a measure to mandate drug tests for individuals receiving unemployment benefits. This mirrors similar legislation he supported during his time as a State Senator. The constitutionality of mandating drug tests to receive benefits has been challenged in courts (that’s the reason Georgia’s 2014 law never went into effect). In addition to being unconstitutional, the effectiveness of these sorts of programs in deterring drug use is dubious at best. It mostly just operates as another way to stigmatize the people who receive public benefits.
Lastly, Carter’s support for offshore drilling has also earned him criticism from many environmental groups and local municipalities. They are concerned that the seismic surveys required to identify the locations of oil deep under the ocean floor are devastating to local wildlife.
The final three town halls will be Thursday, August 10 in Chatham, Bryan and Rincon Counties.