US Rep. Perry explains decision to postpone town hall

Written by Ben Allen, General Assignment Reporter | Jun 16, 2017 12:04 PM

Photo by AP Photo/Marc Levy

U.S. Rep. Scott Perry, R-Pa., speaks during a town hall meeting Saturday, March 18, 2017 in Red Lion, Pa.

(Harrisburg) -- A midstate congressman says he's postponing a town hall meeting that was scheduled for Saturday because of safety concerns.

US Rep. Scott Perry says his office has been receiving more and more calls from people who were going to attend.

Perry says his decision - made about 36 hours after a gunman shot a GOP congressman at a baseball practice - had to be made quickly.

He says he was concerned about his safety, and the safety of his staff and those who were set to go to the town hall in Mechanicsburg.

Perry says local police were already booked to help out before Wednesday's attack.

"We do threat assessments, or risk assessments, on a continual basis, based on the event, based on the travel, based on the scenario and the times and so on and so forth, and that's a continual moving target and it has changed," says Perry.

Perry - who represents parts of Cumberland, Dauphin and York counties - says he's still working to put together a town hall in the future.

"There are limitations for [police]. There are costs associated with those things. And there are time constraints. This was already scheduled, and police were scheduled for this," he says.

He's one of the few midstate congressmen who has scheduled multiple in-person town halls this year.

Most have either relied on town halls over the phone, or declined to hold them at all.

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