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Woodall visits Cumming American Legion, met by protests
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Ahead of Woodall speaking at a meeting of the American Legion Post 307, several protestors tied to the Indivisible Movement held signs and chanted at the entrance of the Georgia Army National Guard Armory on Aquatic Circle. - photo by Kelly Whitmire

CUMMING -- Cold and wet weather did not stop demonstrators from protesting in front of a recent meeting by U.S. Rep. Rob Woodall.

Ahead of Woodall speaking at a meeting of the American Legion Post 307, several protestors tied to the Indivisible Movement held signs and chanted at the entrance of the Georgia Army National Guard Armory on Aquatic Circle.

“The reason that we are here today is Mr. Woodall is speaking to a group of veterans who have fought overseas for this country, and I don’t think that they know that Mr. Woodall is defending Putin, his relationship with Donald Trump and just Russia in general,” said Ron Denham, a resident and protestor.

Denham was carrying a sign that had a hammer and sickle and the words “Why are we still fighting Russia? -- Rob Woodall.”

“This is a quote that I have from Rob Woodall’s [telephone] town hall meeting that was on Feb. 15,” he said. “I have family members that are retired military and I found that extraordinarily offensive. I just want to make sure everyone knows what Mr. Woodall is saying.”

Protestors were aligned with the group Invisible Georgia’s Seventh District, which Denham said has some 850 members. Woodall represents the House of Representatives’ District 7 in Washington D.C., which covers south Forsyth and much of Gwinnett County.

The group is part of the larger Indivisible Movement, which has about 4,500 local groups. Those in the movement follow the Invisible Guide, which the group calls “a practical guide” for resisting the agenda of President Donald Trump.

Protestors said they got a mixed reaction from drivers.

The group is especially focused on health care and the Affordable Care Act.

“We’re focused on congressional level impact and action, trying to help Mr. Woodall make good decisions,” Denham said. “We decided as a group ACA is our No. 1 concern, so we want to bring attention to decisions Mr. Woodall is making with ACA.”

Denham said human and environmental and women’s rights are also big causes for the group.

One protestor said she had been told by a police officer the group could not get closer to the building and had to do so at the entrance. The group was later allowed into the meeting and was able to ask questions after Woodall’s presentation.

The group was allowed to express their concerns directly to Woodall, who came out to meet the protestors. Woodall said he would be happy to have a town hall in the future and said he feels there was more agreed on than disagreed on.

“I can tell you that if the discussion we have is you’re humane and anyone who disagrees with you isn’t, there’s nowhere to go from there,” Woodall said. “If the discussion is you want pre-existing conditions covered and I want pre-existing conditions covered, then we actually have a place to go.”

Denham said while he was happy the congressman spoke to the group that he felt Woodall stuck to talking points.

“I’m pleased that he came out,” Denham said, “but he is espousing his Republican talking points and it’s just unacceptable.”