Emmer Promises to Leave Town Hall if it Gets Rowdy

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Rep. Tom Emmer, R-Minn., said he’ll leave his town hall on Wednesday if things get too rowdy. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Rep. Tom Emmer, R-Minn., warned that he will leave a town hall event on Wednesday if it gets too raucous.

According to the Star Tribune, Emmer made the warning in light of a recent outburst of protesters at town hall events for other Republican members of Congress, the Star Tribune of Minneapolis reported.

“Behavior that goes beyond the bounds of civil discourse is threatening to drive into extinction the civic institution known as a town-hall meeting,” a statement from Emmer’s office said.

David FitzSimmons, Emmer’s chief of staff, told the Pioneer Press of St. Paul that disruptive behavior would include “shouting” and “chanting.”

“Should this event turn into a disruptive display, or if there are any violent actions or threats, we will end the meeting and be forced to reassess our policy on town halls going forward,” told the newspaper.

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