GOP congressional candidate flees TV debate

Constitution Party congressional candidate (Pennsylvania, 16th district) Dan Frank, independent candidate John Murphy, and Democratic candidate Bruce Slater participated in a WGAL-TV Round Table Discussion on Tuesday, September 23. Noticeably absent was incumbent Republican Congressman Joe Pitts, who bowed out of the debate a day or so earlier.

A key issue was the bailout of Wall Street. The GOP incumbent had told CQ Politics, “I’m hoping we wait for John McCain to propose a plan the entire Republican caucus can get behind.” “I can see why Mr. Pitts supports a bailout,” responded Frank. “Having raised $500,000 from special interests to keep his House seat, he is clearly in their pockets.”

According to, the independent candidate, John Murphy, said:

This is not just corporate welfare run wild but it represents a form of state socialism — National Socialism or Fascism. It’s not the so-called welfare queens who are hurting America is the welfare kings on Wall Street who rip us off for hundreds of billions of dollars every year. In fact the Italian dictator Benito Mussolini in the 1940s said “Fascism should more properly be called corporatism because it is the merger of state and corporate power.”

All three candidates expressed their opposition to corporatism.

3 Responses to “GOP congressional candidate flees TV debate”

  1. Don Patterson Says:

    Cox Cable hosted a congressional candidate forum in their studios in Orange County, CA. Incumbent Republican congressman John Campbell chose not to participate. Libertarian challenger Don Patterson contrasted platforms and positions with Democratic candidate Steve Young.

  2. Impeach Bush Says:

    What a coward.

  3. Ross Says:

    I wrote that on Keystone Politics, by the way.

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