Dozens protest after Arizona congressman cancels town hall

February 24, 2017

GOLD CANYON, Ariz. (AP) — An Arizona congressman’s decision to cancel his in-person town hall has sparked demonstrations in a town east of Phoenix.

Dozens of people marched in Gold Canyon after Republican Rep. Paul Gosar changed his town hall from a physical event to a telephone conference. The change came after many Republican lawmakers faced intense reactions from rowdy crowds during town halls.

Gosar was joined on the Thursday call by a Virginia congressman.

KPNX-TV reports that the two lawmakers answered questions from seven different callers, but none of them offered opposing views.

According to KNXV-TV, Gosar says he isn’t trying to avoid the public but instead to make sure anyone can participate in the discussion.

Rep. Martha McSally held a town hall Thursday, answering questions from Tucson-area residents for more than 90 minutes.

— This story has been corrected to delete an incorrect reference that said Gosar was the only Arizona lawmaker to schedule town halls during this week’s recess and add info on McSally event.

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