Congressman Gosar cancels town hall
Updated as of Thursday, February 23, 2017 11:59 AM
Although it’s 140 miles and three hours away, 46 members of Prescott Indivisible paid $31 each for a seat on a packed charter bus to hear Rep. Paul Gosar at a scheduled Town Hall this evening. Other constituents apparently had the same idea.
Gosar has since canceled the event in which he and Virginia Rep. Dave Brat were to hold a conversation – with no audience questions – at the Best Western Gold Canyon Inn, east of Apache Junction, citing “the overwhelming level of interest.”
Now the two congressmen will instead will take part in a Tele-Town Hall for one hour.
Gosar’s website states, “Due to the overwhelming level of interest shown for this event, and to allow for as many constituents as possible to participate, the ‘Conversation with Congressman Brat’ in Gold Canyon, Arizona, will now be held as a Tele-town hall … Constituents in Arizona’s 4th District are encouraged to listen in and participate by calling the following toll-free phone number at 6 p.m. 855-840-6970.”
Prescott Indivisible members will carry on with their plans and join an expected crowd of 200 in front of the Inn, then march together to the parking lot of Gosar’s office for a press conference.
Paul Hamilton, an organizer for Prescott Indivisible, is not happy with Gosar.
“In other words, he wants to dodge demonstrators who are his constituents. We are still planning on going anyway. We are going to unite there with protesters from several other groups. We will hold a press conference, and we will make sure that our voices are heard,” Hamilton said.
Following the Women’s March on Jan. 21, several groups have organized in Prescott. Prescott Indivisible is part of a nationwide movement to put pressure on elected representatives.
For those unable to travel to Gold Canyon, a Prescott Town Hall takes place this evening at 6 at the Prescott College Crossroads Center, 220 Grove Ave. Prescott Indivisible as invited Senators John McCain and Jeff Flake to attend. They have not yet accepted the invitation, but there will be two chairs set up in hopes they appear.
Several speakers will share personal stories about their experience with the Affordable Care Act and Planned Parenthood, including Desiree Perez, the regional health coordinator for Planned Parenthood Arizona.
Those interested in learning more can join a once-weekly informational email of upcoming community events by contacting Maria Lynam, email@example.com (almost 500 so far on the list, unshared) or Paul Hamilton at firstname.lastname@example.org.