"I'd never been to one of his meetings before, and I haven't been to one since," Parsell said. "I'm just not an activist like that."

Webster has not yet held a town hall during Congress' August recess and does not plan to hold another until afterLabor Day.

The reason is not because of the tenor of earlier town halls or reports of the watch list, he said, but rather because he is awaiting a new presentation, replacing one he has delivered on the need to reduce government spending.

Griffin said distributing the fliers — notably the part with the MoveOn guide to protesting meetings — was intended to help keep a civil tone and to chill what he called political theater.

"It [the document] demonstrated the types of tactics being used to disrupt town halls where constituents meet with their members of Congress," Griffin said. "I thought it showed how folks were trying to turn constituent conversation into disruptive political theater."

When asked about the watch list, Griffin said: "I didn't know they were real people."