PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Congressman Tim Murphy abruptly canceled an event he was supposed to attend at Duquesne University on Tuesday afternoon.
The cancellation came after staffers got word of a planned disruption.READ MORE: Pennsylvania Republicans Vote To Rebuke, Not Censure, Senator Pat Toomey Over Impeachment Vote
Rep. Murphy, a Republican of Upper St. Clair, was scheduled to discuss his Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act, but his office canceled the appearance.
A spokesperson from Duquesne University tells KDKA this was not an issue about safety, but rather, how disruptions would be handled. Dozens of social media posts and phone calls indicated there could be protestors there.
The congressman’s office informed the university at 11:47 a.m. that they were postponing the event.READ MORE: Pine-Richland School Board Delays Vote On In-Person Learning Plan As Group Holds Rally Outside Meeting
Officials with the university say they were prepared to go ahead with the event and to provide security, if the congressman’s office deemed it appropriate.
There were about a dozen people standing outside the student union when they event was set to begin. They were disappointed when they were told the event was being postponed.
Congress is off this weekend and constituents of many lawmakers are holding town hall meetings with, or without, their representative to address concerns.MORE NEWS: Revolution Pipeline Back In Service Nearly 2.5 Years After Explosion In Beaver County
Locally, there has been some frustration that Rep. Murphy has yet to schedule a town hall meeting.