- Associated Press - Monday, April 17, 2017

TUPELO, Miss. (AP) - The Mississippi congressional delegation will not attend public forums set up by constituents in Northeast Mississippi.

The Daily Journal reports (https://bit.ly/2nVjieM ) that citizens organized forums in Oxford and Starkville during the two weeks of congressional recess and sent out invites. The organizers are called Indivisible Golden Triangle and bill themselves as a resistance movement against President Donald Trump.

Staff members for U.S. senators Roger Wicker and Thad Cochran, both Republicans, say neither will attend.

Rep. Gregg Harper, a Republican representing Starkville, says he prefers town halls conducted by phone. He believes the upcoming Starkville event is operated by Democratic protesters to score points.

A spokesperson for Rep. Trent Kelly, a Republican who represents Oxford, told the daily Journal Kelly will not attend. He will attend other public events during recess.

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