SCOTLAND, Pa. - Saying his decision was based on "majority rule," the president of Citizens for Responsible Government opted not to present the responses of Pennsylvania state Senate candidate Richard Alloway II at Thursday's candidates forum.
Alloway had sent a message to Allen Piper, president of the taxpayers group, to say that he had other commitments and would be unable to attend. He provided answers for the four predetermined questions and shared a copy of those responses with The Herald-Mail prior to the forum.
After Piper read Alloway's biography, he was interrupted by candidate Robert "Bob" Curley, who said he had a problem with the presentation. Curley argued that Alloway should be excluded for not attending, and his comments were supported by candidates Catherine Cresswell and Jim Taylor.
"Clearly, this is not a home crowd for (Alloway) because there are a lot of Jim Taylor supporters," Curley said.
"He considers himself as running as an incumbent, and incumbents don't debate," Cresswell said.