Republican Rep. John Faso would not rule out holding a town hall forum at some point in the future, but insisted the event would need to be structured so that it includes a “genuine exchange.”

Interviewed on WCNY’s The Capitol Pressroom on Monday, the freshman lawmaker knocked some of the protesters who have attended town hall events for having a “distinct political agenda” that have disrupted the meetings.

“I don’t see any evidence of people being paid,” Faso said. “But you can look right online, there’s a national playbook of people being interested in so-called town halls and the method or approach is shut the senator or congressman down.”

Members of Congress, mostly Republicans, were flooded with protests and demonstrations at town hall-style events around the country. In some cases, the demonstrations have been organized through online forums encouraging constituents to raise concerns over the repeal of the Affordable Care Act, as well as the ties to some members of President Donald Trump’s campaign and administration to Russia.

A Faso fundraiser in Albany last week was protested by about 100 or so people.

Faso, elected last year to a battleground House district in the Hudson Valley, said he had met recently with supporters of the Affordable Care Act, business leaders concerned with the cost as well as left-leaning members of the Indivisible group and Citizen Action.

He insisted in the interview the smaller meetings are more conducive to discussing issues.

“Going in front of a hall where 500 people chant and shout is not necessarily a productive use of anyone’s time,” he said.