For nearly two hours, the crowd at the State Theater shouted down responses by the congressman.
“I’m appalled,” said Linda Agee, a LaMalfa supporter.
“It’s very enlightening and disturbing to experience this first hand,” said Denise Culley, who was attending her first town hall event.
The Oroville Dam and spillway was brought up just once. One man asked a question about why nothing was done sooner to the emergency spillway. LaMalfa’s answer was cut short by the crowd.
“Had we not had the main spillway problem, we wouldn’t even be talking about the emergency spillway. So yeah, something should have been done to have the concrete anchored below,” said LaMalfa.
But the disruptions and yelling continued.
“Do you yell at church?” LaMalfa asked the crowd at one point. That comment was met with intense booing and shouts of “Do you lie in church?”
After fielding several questions and hearing comments on a range of issues, LaMalfa moved on to healthcare where he struggled through a PowerPoint presentation.