Republican candidate for Congress George Phillips will hold a pair of town halls in Binghamton and Utica next month as he runs for the GOP nomination in the 22nd House district.

The only stipulation: He won’t talk about investigations into President Donald Trump’s administration or finances. Instead, he wants to focus on pocketbook issues, immigration and national security concerns.

“I will answer questions on any topic except for the Trump investigations,” Phillips said. “We need to focus on real issues such as jobs, the economy, health care, immigration and national security.”

Phillips is running for the Republican nod in a district that Trump won in 2016 by 16 percentage points against Democrat Hillary Clinton. Trump last year campaigned for and fundraised with Republican Rep. Claudia Tenney, who lost to Democrat Anthony Brindisi.

Tenney last year sought to tie herself closely to the president in what turned into a Democratic wave year. Next year the district is being eyed by Republicans as a potential pickup opportunity with Trump back at the top of the ticket.

“President Trump has been investigated almost non-stop since days after his election,” Phillips said. “A more than two year investigation from a special counsel found nothing and yet Nancy Pelosi and House Democrats continue to focus their agenda on investigating him and wasting taxpayer time and money.”

Former Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report determined there was not enough evidence to sufficiently show the president or his campaign worked with Russian intelligence agents to interfere in the election.

But the report also did not exonerate Trump for seeking to stymie or block the investigation from proceeding.

Broome County District Attorney Steve Cornwell is also seeking the Republican nomination in the 22nd congressional district.