Protests against Rep. Mike Bishop in East Lansing

Posted at 5:59 PM, Feb 16, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-16 17:59:00-05

It was the first time Mike Bishop's aides ever had to turn away a constituent at office hours.

"Do your job" chanted an upset crowd as they were told the session was over.

Kelli Ford, Mike Bishop's spokesperson says because more than 300 people wanted a one-on-one meeting with their representative, they couldn't squeeze everyone in.

But they still tried to listen to the concerns of as many constituents as possible.

"We're doing our job," explains Ford, "and that is what we're here to do, we're here to listen to people, to help people, and we're doing that."

Protesters didn't feel that way. They were angry that the representative himself wasn't at the meeting.

"We want to talk to the person that got voted in and really have them hear us in articulating not only our words, but our passion," states Juan Marinez.

Marinez was one of the constituents who did get an opportunity to speak to Bishop's aides, but he doesn't feel like he was heard.

"He needs to listen to all of us," he says. "And I don't feel like, at this point, I was listened to. Not the staffers, but the atmosphere that was set up was not set up to have an exchange."

But Ford claims that every concern that's vocalized to Bishop's aides is heard by the congressman:

"Every single concern is seen by the congressman. There is nothing that is shelved, there is nothing that staff handles on his behalf, he sees everything--he hears everything."

She says constituents should continue to reach out, whether it's by mail, email, or calling his district or Washington office.