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At Town Halls, Congress Now Steers Clear of Voters

When members of Congress go home for the summer, they take Washington with them

Illustration by Dorothy Gambrell

Representative Scott Rigell admits he’s a talker. He owns auto dealerships, where a knack for storytelling comes in handy. So when the Virginia Republican takes the floor at an Aug. 22 breakfast with constituents in Norfolk, he sets a timer to keep his inner salesman from carrying on too long.