Hollingsworth Cancels Town Hall Meeting Over Safety Concerns

Republican U.S. Rep. Trey Hollingsworth canceled a town hall meeting to discuss the tax reform bill with constituents Monday.

The meeting, set for 8 a.m. in Scott County, was supposed to cover how the national tax reform would impact Hoosiers.

Katie Webster is head of communications for Hollingsworth’s office. She says they canceled the meeting due to safety concerns.

“Our office received information about planned violence for the Scott County Chamber event,” Webster says in a statement. “The threat was relayed to Capitol Police, and a decision was made not to participate for the safety and security of all attendees, staff, and Representative Hollingsworth. This information was communicated to the event organizers last night as soon as a decision was made. As emotions run high, we are not able to take security threats lightly.”

A protest took place outside of the event space.

Democratic challenger Liz Watson showed up to the planned event with a petition opposing the tax plan. She is planning a town hall to talk about tax reform on January 11.