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After past criticism, Rep. Erik Paulsen announces 3 town halls

They will be held on Wednesday.

Rep. Erik Paulsen will hold three Town Halls this coming Wednesday.

The 3rd District representative has faced criticism for failing to hold public Town Halls with constituents following the election of President Donald Trump, since when Republicans in other parts of the country have been given rough rides at their own public Q&As.

He's now facing a challenge to hold on to his seat in this November's mid-terms, with Democrat Dean Phillips aiming to turn the district blue in a race that analysts now consider a "toss-up."

On Thursday, Paulsen announced that he will hold three Town Halls on Wednesday, May 30, at 10 a.m. in Hamel, 2 p.m. in Chanhassen and 7 p.m. in Brooklyn Park.

You can sign up here or using the links in this tweet.

He is following the lead of fellow GOP Rep. Jason Lewis who did the same last week, albeit coming in for criticism himself because the events were ticketed, with activists arguing the audience was weighted toward his supporters.

Paulsen says tickets for his Town Halls will be selected at random, with attendees receiving their tickets over the weekend if they're selected.

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His opponent, Dean Phillips, commented: "I encourage everyone attending to bring their passion and their tough questions, but to also treat everyone there - including Congressman Paulsen - with respect. That's The Minnesota way!"

"Rest assured, voters in the 3rd District will have many more than three opportunities to visit with me between now and November 6," he added.

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