An organizer for a town hall meeting Saturday in East Austin told a crowd of more than 400 people that U.S. Rep. Roger Williams, a no-show at the event, won’t come to talk to his Austin constituents until they force him to do it.
“He doesn’t have to care what we say until we make him care,” said Lauren Russo. “We need to get out the vote in a way we haven’t done before.”
Williams, R-Austin, has not held a town hall in Austin this year. His district stretches from Austin to near Fort Worth.
A group of volunteers with Indivisible — a national network of activists dedicated to using tea party tactics to undermine President Donald Trump’s policies — put together the event at Huston-Tillotson University on Saturday. Indivisible has targeted Republican representatives, including U.S. Rep. John Carter of Round Rock, in the Austin area this year in a series of similar town hall meetings.