Listen: Rep. Lauren Boebert talks oil and gas, COVID-19 response and the Second Amendment during first tele-town hall

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    Rep. Lauren Boebert speaks on the U.S. House floor during a hearing on the second impeachment of President Donald Trump on Jan. 13, 2021. (C-SPAN)

    Rep. Lauren Boebert on Thursday participated in her first town hall since joining Congress last month.

    The representative from Colorado’s 3rd Congressional District participated in the telephone-only event from Washington, D.C. It took place at 7:15 p.m., Feb. 4, and lasted about 43 minutes.

    During the call, Boebert took about 10 questions from constituents who asked questions live or submitted them in written form. Prominent topics of discussion included Colorado’s oil and gas industry, COVID-19 response and relief, the Second Amendment, and immigration.

    Some of the calls were hostile. “I was just wondering. So, like, when you’re tried for treason, which prison would you want to do your time in?” asked a person identified as Nicole from Pueblo.

    Later in the event, Boebert talked about her response to criticism. “I pray for those who are in opposition,” Boebert said. “And it’s OK. And I understand that it’s not unique to me. And I hope that you all understand that as well. A lot of these attacks that you’re seeing there, they’re very cookie-cutter and they’re happening across the nation, unfortunately to very good people who are in it for the right reasons, to serve.”

    Organizers of the tele-town hall also took several polls during the call. A sample of three of the poll questions:

    • “Do you think the governor of Colorado should force local businesses to remain closed or allow them to start safely reopening?”
    • “Do you oppose or support President Biden’s executive order that bans all new oil and natural gas leasing on federal lands?”
    • “Do you support or oppose keeping the Bureau of Land Management headquarters in Grand Junction?”

    Boebert had intended to participate in what organizers described as an in-person town hall on Jan. 30, but the event was canceled hours before it was supposed to start due to a lack of security, according to Boebert’s office.