From The Hill:
Rep. Tim Ryan (D-Ohio) canceled a town hall on the new healthcare law Tuesday because of concerns about the security of the event.
The congressman's office cited safety issues at the facility where the meeting was to take place and threats to his office, according to a report by News21.
"We just thought it best to cancel it for safety concerns. This was not meant to be a place where we're going to talk partisan politics," Pat Lowry, a member of Ryan's staff, told News21.
I particularly love this next line from staffer Lowry:
"Don't get me wrong, Congressman Ryan will debate anyone, anytime."
Except, of course, voters in his own district, during a recess, when cameras are running.
We here at WillCollier.com wish both Congressman Ryan and Pat Lowry nothing but the best in their upcoming job searches. Might I suggest a rewarding career at Kentucky Fried Chicken?
UPDATE: The town hall wasn't the only cancellation for Brave Sir Ryan this week:
About one dozen protesters. many of them carrying signs, was apparently all it took to cancel Congressman Tim Ryan's appearance at the Youngstown Community Health Center Tuesday.
A spokesman for Ryan said there were security concerns, calling it "obviously a significant issue."
Although spokesman Pat Lowry mentioned no specific threats being made at the event, he also said that wasn't the only reason Ryan was a no show.
Nope, no threats--other than being caught on camera with constituents who don't agree with him.