3 p.m. UPDATE: See below.
U.S. Rep. Peter Welch seems to be getting very friendly with supporters of President Bush’s impeachment, even though he doesn’t agree with them.
Last Saturday saw Welch celebrating his 60th birthday at a downtown riverfront restaurant in Brattleboro – as impeachment supporters canoed by holding signs. State Sen. Jeanette White, D-Windham, reportedly toasted the impeachment folks and told them to canoe to a spot on the river when members of the birthday party could see the signs better.
Bloggers at iBrattleboro, a citizen journalism Web site, have video of Welch playing pin the subpoena on Vice President Cheney and some photos here.
Now, folks in Welch’s Washington, D.C. office tell me that the congressman will meet again with supporters this Saturday at 9 a.m. at the Hartford High School to talk again about the issue.
The repetition of meetings may strike some familiar as the pattern that lead to the Vermont Senate approving an impeachment resolution and the Vermont House agreeing to hold a vote on the issue. Makes one wonder what could happen.
UPDATE: Looks like the time and the place of the town hall-style meeting is another issue that Welch and the impeachment supporters don’t agree on.
The congressman’s staff in Washington, D.C. told me this morning that the time and place had been confirmed – 9 a.m. Saturday in Hartford.
But that is not so, according to several leaders of the state’s impeachment movement. South Burlington attorney James Leas, who lobbied the issue at the Statehouse last month, sent out an email announcing that they are pushing for a more "inclusive public forum."
"Having a meeting on short notice at a location far from most of the population in Vermont starting at 9am was unacceptable to most," Leas wrote.
"Peter Welch said he wants to hear from Vermonters," Leas added. "If he really wants to hear from Vermonters who live in places like Enosberg, Bennington and Island Pond, he would not schedule it for 9 in the morning. Also any time there is a meeting between parties both sides work together to find a mutually agreeable time. You don’t give ultimatums."