Perlmutter and other politicians are stepping up security

All around the country, members of congress are canceling constituent meetings or beefing up security.

When someone at a public meeting asks a question or makes a comment that seems even a little unbalanced, people tense up and exchange nervous glances.

Colorado’s Rep. Ed Perlmutter, D-CD 7, was among the politicians quoted on the subject in today’s New York Times. From the article:

In Colorado, Representative Ed Perlmutter, a Democrat, recently postponed one of his “Government in the Grocery” sessions because of security worries raised by supermarkets. Mr. Perlmutter, whose office said he had held 70 similar meetings over the past four years, had another grocery event scheduled for Saturday.

“Our preference is to do it in grocery stores, where people are going to be anyway,” said Leslie Oliver, a spokeswoman for Mr. Perlmutter. “Sometimes people are there buying their gallon of milk and see him and say, ‘Hey, that reminds me, I want to ask him about this.’ ”

Perlmutter has said he is discussing the issue of future Government in the Grocery meetings with law enforcement and grocery store managers and is not yet sure how to proceed.

His spokesperson, Leslie Oliver, told The Colorado Independent today that Perlmutter is tentatively planning a grocery meet-up Feb. 12, but that they haven’t decided on a time or a store yet, and aren’t completely sure they will do one that day.

Scot Kersgaard has been managing editor of a political newspaper, editor and co-owner of a ski town newspaper, executive editor of eight high-tech magazines (where he worked with current Apple CEO Tim Cook), deputy press secretary to a U.S. Senator, and an outdoors columnist at the Rocky Mountain News. He has an English degree from the University of Washington. He was awarded a fellowship to study internet journalism at the University of Maryland's Knight Center for Specialized Journalism. He was student body president in college. He spends his free time hiking and skiing.