Approval for Congressional Republicans stands at just 24 percent. So how, exactly, can House Republicans make sure their events with constituents go smoothly?
Republican leaders have an answer: Plant questions.
In a detailed, 31-page guide produced by the House Republican Conference, Republican Conference Chairwoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers (WA) repeatedly advises staff to plant questions at public events:
The document also advises members to plant friendly people in the audience: “Invite at least 3-4 people with whom the member already has an established relationship. This will strengthen the conversation and take it in a direction that is most beneficial to the member’s goal.”
A spokeswoman for McMorris Rodgers defended the document, saying it detailed “best practices.”