By The Associated Press April 1, 2017 12:36 am
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A crowd of more than 1,000 people in Utah’s Democratic stronghold booed Republican U.S. Rep. Chris Stewart at a Friday night town hall as the congressman defended GOP positions on health care, public lands and immigration.
Audience members yelled, “Do your job,” imploring him to investigate and denounce connections between President Donald Trump’s campaign and Russia and to hold the new administration accountable.
Before Stewart’s event started Friday night, Democratic state Sen. Jim Dabakis of Salt Lake City said he wanted to ensure attendees were also “paid,” and he handed out Russian rubles to dozens of people waiting in line to enter.
“I’m equally concerned about both and we want to find out the answer to both,” he said.
Just before the election last November, Stewart said he would vote for Trump, despite having denounced him for comments in a 2005 Access Hollywood tape in which the president bragged about groping women.
This story has been corrected to show that Stewart’s district includes western parts of Utah, not eastern. Associated Press writer Hallie Golden contributed to this story.