Messer, Young decline invites to Bartholomew County Indivisible town hall

Two Indiana members of Congress have declined invitations to participate in an upcoming community town hall.

U.S. Rep. Luke Messer, R-Indiana, and U.S. Sen. Todd Young, R-Indiana, were invited by Bartholomew County Indivisible, a local organization that promotes policies and programs pertaining to area residents, to meet with constituents and answer voters’ questions.

Organization leader Nathan Haza said the group invited both Young and Messer to the town hall via hand-delivered letters, phone calls, emails and mailed letters over the past month.

“We just want to give the representatives a platform and an opportunity to come speak with the constituents within their regions and be able to connect and answer questions on topics that mean a lot to the community,” Haza said.

Messer spokesperson Molly Gillaspie confirmed that the representative will not be in attendance for the 7 p.m. Aug. 24 event. Young spokesperson Jay Kenworthy said the senator is also unable to attend.

Haza said the event will go on as planned without the participation of the lawmakers. The organization is currently conducting research and determining two people to stand in for Messer and Young.

For more on this story, see Thursday’s Republic.