Excerpt From: ABC11.
Amid calls from the left for Washington lawmakers to hold town hall meeting in their home districts, North Carolina Senator Thom Tillis spoke Monday at a ticket-only forum organized by the Greater Durham Chamber of Commerce.
A group of protestors gathered outside the event held in Research Triangle Park saying they want to talk to the senator about issues such as health care, immigration, and the Trump administration.
Speaking about the town hall issue at the luncheon that about 100 people paid to attend, Senator Tillis said he’s not interested in holding meetings that’re just a “choreographed protest of people shouting at each other.”
“What we want are wise people talking,” he said. “Say whatever you want to. Don’t call me a name. I will never call you a name.”
Tillis also called himself “one of the freest members of the U.S. Senate” because he’s more interested in getting things done than worrying about losing his job.
“I don’t really care if I get reelected. I’m not sure if I’m going to run for office again,” he said.