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U.S. Rep. Blake Moore speaks during a town hall meeting Wednesday, February 16, 2022 at West Haven City Hall.

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U.S. Rep. Blake Moore speaks during a town hall meeting Wednesday, February 16, 2022 at West Haven City Hall.

Tim Vandenack, Standards Reviewer


U.S. Rep. Blake Moore speaks during a town hall meeting Wednesday, February 16, 2022 at West Haven City Hall.

Tim Vandenack, Standards Reviewer


U.S. Rep. Blake Moore speaks during a town hall meeting Wednesday, February 16, 2022 at West Haven City Hall.

Tim Vandenack, Standards Reviewer

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WEST HAVEN — When you open a town hall meeting for questions, you never quite know what to expect.

US Rep. Blake Moore was holding a meeting in West Haven, one of his regular meetings with constituents in the 1st Circuit, and the questions were everywhere. Those in attendance asked him about transgender athletes, the idea of ​​relocating part of Hill Air Force Base, how elected leaders are handling their personal investments, and more.

About 80 people attended Wednesday’s gathering at West Haven City Hall, and one man asked the GOP lawmaker if he supported legislation or restrictions on stock trading by lawmakers and their family members. It was an apparent reference to an Insider investigation last December that singled out Moore and 11 other members of the US House of Representatives for “multiple or serious” violations of the Federal STOCK Act designed to prevent lawmakers from pursuing insider trading to contribute.

Moore said the issue appears to be a focus this cycle due to the upcoming election. The new lawmaker, who was first elected in 2020, is up for re-election later this year.

“You hear more stories because it’s an election year and (House Minority Leader Kevin) McCarthy wants to beat (House Majority Leader Nancy) Pelosi and Pelosi is going to come back to McCarthy,” Moore said. “I’m sitting there and I’m like, ‘Er, nobody’s insider trading out there,’ but the perception is there.”

The report from Insider, an online publication, says Moore did not have his financial assets in a blind trust, but lawmakers said Wednesday they were now in such a trust, which is overseen by an independent third party.

Moore had 76 late trade disclosures, according to Insider, which put him in the “danger” category along with 11 other members of the House of Representatives. But Moore suggested the situation wasn’t as dire as Insider might have portrayed, noting that serious issues prompt an investigation by the House Ethics Committee, something that doesn’t appear to have happened to him.

“I paid a late fee because we reported everything at once. Some of them had crossed the 30 day mark. But the house ethic was like, ‘Yeah, just report it once, pay your late fee and you’ll be fine,'” Moore said. “If you hear about that from house ethics, that’s a problem.”

Investing in a blind trust limits investment opportunities, “and that’s just part of being in the arena,” Moore said.

In the insider report, Caroline Tucker, Moore’s communications director, indicated that the problems shouldn’t happen again. “Now that Congressman Moore has a full financial compliance process in place with his firm and the Ethics Committee, he will continue to ensure that all future filing deadlines are met in accordance with ethics rules,” Tucker said.

When asked by supporters of President Donald Trump about his response to the violence in the US Capitol on Jan. 6 last year, he said he was focused on building partnerships with other lawmakers. The violence over the past year has sparked a back-and-forth between Democrats, who are blasting the action as an attempt to overthrow the government, and GOPers, who are calling it a form of protest.

“It’s been quite a first year,” Moore said, alluding to the Jan. 6 incident, the COVID-19 pandemic and the US withdrawal from Afghanistan. “What I’m genuinely trying to do is manage all of this as objectively as possible, looking at my district but being productive in the things that I can control and building good relationships with people.”

He pointed to legislation he is pursuing with a Democratic lawmaker from California aimed at protecting ecosystems of salt lakes like the Great Salt Lake. He also noted his selection as a senior member of a House subcommittee on natural resources, a position reserved for relationship-building in Congress.

“The political environment is flaming and constantly trying to create a lot of turmoil,” Moore said. “I’m not. If that’s what you want, I’m probably not your type.”

A woman, the mother of two girls, complained about policies allowing transgender women to participate in girls’ sports. Her question and comments drew applause from several others in the audience.

“I think what we don’t realize is that it actually curtails women’s rights,” the woman said. “I’m really worried. If our choice is taken away from us because a biological male identifies as female and wants to take our places in the field of sport, we lose our rights.”

Moore responded, “It’s very easy for me to support women and sport.”

He also alluded to a measure Utah lawmakers are considering on the issue of transgender athletes, House Bill 11. The measure would create a special commission that would determine whether transgender student-athletes could participate in sports teams that reflected their gender identity.

One man proposed moving part of Hill Air Force Base’s operations to Wendover Airport in Tooele County. That, he said, could ease housing pressures around Davis County’s military base, help reduce pollution and reduce noise from jets using the base.

“If we can relocate part of Hill Air Borce Base — use Wendover Airport, the facility is already there, it’s already an Air Force base — we can relieve a lot of that pressure that’s been talked about here,” he said.

Moore said the push for such a change is likely to come from the US Department of Defense. “This is an area that would not be managed from our office. Those would have to be strategic things at the DOD level that would fall to us,” Moore said.


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