LaPorte Herald Argus - Peas and Politics Congressman Joe Donnelly Talks with Consitutents at Al's East
Politics and food merged Saturday at Al's East Supermarket as U.S. Rep. Joe Donnelly, D-Granger, spent time talking with area residents about any concerns they brought up to him.
Called Congress at Your Corner, it's the 12th grocery store in the 2nd District that Donnelly has visited since January. It gives constituents an opportunity, he said, to discuss issues such as Social Security, veteran's benefits, immigration or the war in Iraq.
"It's a good chance to see people. It gives us a chance to be in communities where we don't have a (satellite office)," he said.
Donnelly spent more than an hour greeting shoppers Saturday afternoon.
"It's good to see politicians out with the public. I think he's doing a good job," said Bryan Adams, of La Porte.
Pat Deutsch, a substitute teacher who lives in Rolling Prairie, is pleased with the job Donnelly's done.
"I think he's great. He has a hard job. He's helped a lot of people," she said.
Asked if the lack of new refineries can be blamed on excessive government regulations, Donnelly noted that the one application that was filed has been approved. "I don't know if it's government regulations as much as it is the lack of desire to build new refineries."
Donnelly said he has co-sponsored a price-gouging bill in Congress, but said he doesn't know whether gouging has occurred.
"We're going to find out if there is (price gouging)," he said. "I don't know, but I sure know that the price has gone up in the last three months."