A GOP lawmaker is refusing to hold a town hall to meet with her constituents over the abbreviated August recess because she says there are too many threats.
“I wish we could have a town hall meeting and engage with others,” Rep. Kay Granger told WFAA. “There are so many threats going on.”
Granger did not mention specific threats against her, however, she also stressed she did not think town halls were “effective.”
Granger is one of a growing number of GOP politicians canceling town halls in the wake the of contentious health care proposal in the Senate and the baseball shooting, including Speaker of the House Paul Ryan.
“Aside from the obvious security concerns, what we have found is there are people who are trying to come in from out of the district to disrupt town hall meetings and not have a civil discussion, so what I have been doing is looking for new and creative ways to interact with my constituents in a civil way,” Ryan told a group of Boy Scouts in Wisconsin. “That’s why I have done a number of telephone town hall meetings, which I find very effective as people don’t have to travel.”
Others, such as Sen. Ted Cruz, have continued to hold public meetings.