UPDATE: I have updates below and a link to YouTube on Doggett's South Austin event:
Rep Doggett's Town Hall today did NOT Go According to Plan. A posting on the incident:
An angry crowd of an estimated 300 people caused Lloyd Doggett to cut short his “office hours” public appearance in Austin. When asked if he would change his vote on health care if it appeared that his constituents did not want it, he stated that he had to use his judgment and just because a few angry people come out it was no reason to change his vote.
Following that he called an end to the discussion and attempted to leave 30 minutes before the published time. He was followed through the parking lot to his car by constituents chanting “just say no”, His car was blocked and he was delayed leaving.
A Doggett supporter described the incident as “a nasty crowd'
Help us show him how these constituents feel.The next “office hours” meeting is scheduled for 4pm today at the Bastrop County Courthouse. Make your voice heard.
More reporting on it:
WHAT a good time I had today and I must admit I was on the edges and not starting all the chanting and pressuring. I figure I call his office every day so he hears from me, this time it was little old ladies on walkers and they had never done this before.
Almost all the signs, no socialized medicine, keep your hands off my rights, just say no, pictures of Doggett with big X’s across the face.
There was no sound system, so he could only be heard by 5 people at a time. He was asked if this Health care was going to cover illegal alliens and he said, NO.
they started calling him a”liar” and “read the bill”.
I had a copy of the bill (weighs almost 10 #’s) and they pushed me to the front but I didn’t get to question him.
There were many new “freepers” there, I think people are waking up. If he wasn’t scared when he left, he should have been.
UPDATE: Comment include a report on what happened in Bastrop: "Doggett's Bastrop fiasco went equally as bad." Protesters ended up packing the hall, and Democrats operatives ended up threatening the concerned citizens and telling them they had no right to speak during Doggett's Potemkin-village-style Town Hall.
UPDATE2 8/2/09: More first-hand reports on these events that came via email:
1. "We just returned from the Randall's 'Town Hall Meeting.' If a picture is worth a thousand words, you can see Rep. Doggett swamped by his constituents as he was trying to leave a BIG meeting--at least 100 outside Randalls. The chants were 'Just vote NO'; 'Don't vote for Doggett', etc. His car was blocked as he tried to leave and he finally got out and tried to get folks to move. His exit was having the driver back up to the exit near Brodie and spinning away ASAP. You would have enjoyed every minute. I spoke to a young lady with camera and video camera in hand who said she would take my suggestion and post it on youtube. I shall keep looking and forward the link; there were other cameras there, but I did not get to speak with the photographers after my chat with her. I also suggested that she forward the videos to the local news groups. They probably won't show them, but they must know we will not accept what is going on. Here's the first on Youtube. This looks mild considering what it escalated into. No riots, just passionate people! Look for new uploads coming. Liberals have never seen what they have been seeing for the last four weekends in Austin! (____) estimated the crowd well over 200. He should know. Last weekend he did the counting when Lloyd Dogggett spoke to his supporters and we protested across the street with signs."
2. "It was a beautiful thing at the Town Hall meeting Doggett had today at the Randall's on Brodie Lane. About 500 people were there of which 480 were against him! Many placards and very vocal people telling him he was full of bull crap. In the end he was chased out of the Randalls area and about 200 kept following him thru the parking lot shouting 'Just say NO'. IT was a beautiful thing! This was not what I expected being he keeps getting elected to office. This was something else he could not justify when he was asked about it i.e. who keeps electing you?. It was obvious he had not read the Obama health care plan. He as much said so on two occasions. The crowd went wild when he admitted that. People came prepared with pages of the plan and [they] read them verbatim to him... He would say, 'well that's not what it really means' or 'well it won't be applied that way'... etc. That was like throwing red meat to the wolves! Also, he admitted that every illegal in the county would be covered! Fights nearly broke out over that comment. Also, [he] lied about his heath care when asked. He said, 'no I would exchange my health plan for this one'. His mouth said this but his eyes were saying something else. At the end I have to admit he did stand by his far left liberal beliefs. When he ended the session he said, 'I heard what you have to say but I'm still voting for the Obama health care plan'. It was at this point he made a break for the parking lot to make a get away. However, the car he showed up in was not where he thought it was so now he had 200 people following him around the parking lot shouting, 'Just Say No' until one of his staffers got him in the right car. Again a beautiful thing. Thought you would like to know. Now what we have to do is get people out to vote. As bad as our local newspaper is they do a good job of showing my approximate neighborhood who votes. In this case for him. As one could expect the central Austin crowd are the ones who get out the vote and that area around the university. Check out his website to see a detailed look at his district. If you do, note that the vast majority of the district is rural. Perhaps its a misconception on my part to assume that just because you live out in the country some how you are conservative. Well, my commitment is to get the vote out in my neighborhood. I guess I'll be a 'yellow dog conservative'. Sure hope somebody runs against him."
3. "We outnumbered them 10-1. It didn't even last the alloted time. Doggett left the parking lot at 11:50 followed by about a 50 people chanting 'NO To HEALTH CARE'. He didn't bring a microphone, it was poorly managed, people couldn't hear, some shouting and booing when he told obvious lies. It was very interesting...I'm sure he wishes he hadn't scheduled this event."
4. "Oh man, you would have loved it!!! Doggett had his minions set up shop outside the Randalls in our neighborhood, and try to tout 'Obamacare'. He turned a deaf ear to the several hundred of us who were there, and was often drowned out by hoots and hollers. A few of the Marxist lefties were there, but this is the first time that I've seen them so outnumbered in Austin. When it was obvious that Doggett was intransigent, the crowd began chanting, 'Just say no.' We continued, and continued, and continued. He decided to leave, 50 minutes ahead of schedule, and was followed out into the parking lot by the crowd, still chanting louder and louder, until he drove off. It was wonderful!"
Another YouTube summary of the event.