Rogers holds Montgomery town hall
The airline pilot, who lives in Montgomery, wanted to tell U.S. Rep. Mike Rogers and others that the people attending town halls throughout the nation are not angry mobs. They are working-class people concerned about the future of the country.
And Ledford is not just talking about pending health care proposals.
Some people have criticized the other congressman who represents a portion of Montgomery, U.S. Rep. Bobby Bright, D-Montgomery, for not having a live town hall.
Bright hosted a telephone town hall on Wednesday with about 4,400 people participating, according to his office.
Lewis Lowe, communications director for Bright, has said the congressman can reach more people by phone and the format is easier for constituents who never have to leave their house.
Critics have said Bright is able to screen the questions asked on the phone and that it does not allow people to follow-up on their questions.
Like Bright, Rogers is firmly against the current health care proposals before Congress.
"Everything slowly erodes until the only option is the public option," he said
"I don't think it's fear-mongering. I think it's doing my job," he said.
Rogers said he believes the current health care proposal considered to be the "gold standard" by Democratic leaders will be changed before it comes to the House floor because Speaker Nancy Pelosi will need to compromise with conservative Democrats to pass the legislation.
Rogers said those Democrats can go home and criticize the plan. They can "dog cuss Harry Reid. They can dog cuss Nancy Pelosi," he said.
With the situation being volatile, Rogers said people might not be stuck with a public option.
Rogers agreed, but said "they make us look like amateurs." He said the excessive spending is one reason people voted Republicans out.
"Why should my money go to buy anybody a car," Montiel asked. He later told Rogers that the congressman voted wrong.
Rogers fired back that the plan was not perfect, but there are people in his district who work for auto manufacturers and suppliers and they were hurting. He said Hyundai has returned to a five-day work schedule and that another manufacturer in the state that was laying people off is now hiring.
"I don't apologize to anybody for that (vote)," Rogers said. He said people could vote him out if they disagree.