Incommunicado: the Senators and Representatives without Contact for Constituents

How can you speak truth to power if you don’t know where to call?

Nearly three weeks into the 112th Congress, the following members of the U.S. House and Senate still have not gotten around to sharing a local phone number so that constituents can call the district office from home when they have a concern or need:

Rep. Lou Barletta of Pennsylvania
Rep. Scott DesJarlais of Tennessee
Rep. Bob Gibbs of Ohio
Rep. Andy Harris of Maryland
Rep. Thomas Marino of Pennsylvania
Rep. Steven Palazzo of Mississippi
Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky
Rep. Bobby Schilling of Illinois
Sen. Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania

And the following members of the Senate don’t have any sort of means by which constituents may contact them over the internet to request a service or offer feedback — no public e-mail address, not even a web form or an online guestbook:

Sen. Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire
Sen. Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut
Sen. John Boozman of Arkansas
Sen. Daniel Coats of Indiana
Sen. Mike Lee of Utah
Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky
Sen. Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania

Sharing a phone number or an e-mail address with the public is not difficult; it’s far easier than what the working constituents of these politicians must manage every day.

By making it onto both of these lists, Senators Rand Paul and Pat Toomey make it to the bottom of the congressional accessibility list.

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