Goodlatte staffer to host office hours

A staffer for U.S. Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-Roanoke, will be hosting open-door meetings in Front Royal on Wednesdays, according to a news release from a press aide.

The meetings with a Goodlatte staff member will take place from 10 a.m. until noon on Wednesdays through February and March at the Samuels Public Library at 330 E. Criser Road in Front Royal.

Beth Breeding, a spokeswoman for the congressman, said in a news release that a Goodlatte aide will be made available to meet with citizens to hear about problems with a federal agency or views on current congressional issues.

The news release comes in the aftermath of a hectic month for Republican lawmakers who have faced anger from their constituents either at town hall events, or because of the lack of such forums.

On Feb. 13., Goodlatte hosted an invite-only luncheon in Edinburg for local businessmen, elected officials and community leaders. Along with the guest list, protestors showed up to picket outside the event, irked by Goodlatte’s refusal to host a town hall event.

According to an Associated Press report, Goodlatte also turned down an invitation to appear at a “People’s Town Hall” event in Roanoke, hosted by Roanoke Indivisible, a grassroots organization.

That event will occur in Goodlatte’s absence at 4:30 p.m. Feb. 22 and the Charles R. Hill Center in Vinton, Virginia.

Representatives from Goodlatte’s office could not be reached Monday through email or phone call.

Contact staff writer Jake Zuckerman at 540-465-5137 ext. 152, or