Scott Wallace, a rich liberal Democrat running for U.S. Congress in Pennsylvania, caused jaws to drop when he dropped an F-bomb during a debate with Republican Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick that took place at a synagogue.
“Ironically, there was a later question about the need for civility in politics,” Fitzpatrick told WBCB. “Well, a good start is to not use vulgarities in the sanctuary of a synagogue in the middle of a congressional debate.”
The candidates were reportedly standing on the bimah, an elevated platform used for reading the Torah during services, when Wallace started cursing.
The debate took place at Congregation Tifereth Israel in Bensalem Township, Pa., Sunday night.
According to WBCB, the outburst stunned the audience into silence. Both the audience and the moderator “took exception with Wallace’s obscenity.”
“You’ll have to ask Scott Wallace what his motivations were,” Fitzpatrick said.
“My sense is he was frustrated because I was cross-examining him on the ad he’s running, which is a false ad based on my position on pre-existing conditions. I was asking him a series of questions on what bill he was referring to, had he read it, and he came out with this expletive.”
Wallace has accused Fitzpatrick of voting to take healthcare coverage away from people with pre-existing conditions, even running television advertisements on the issue. However an article published in the Washington Post’s Fact Checker states the advertisements are more than misleading.
Unable to defend the lie, the Democrat simply started cursing at his opponent.
But Wallace doubled down in a statement released Monday evening:
I was exasperated by yet another attempt from Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick to hide from his votes to take away protections for people with pre-existing conditions… I apologize for any offense that might have been taken, I am passionate about protecting people from insurance company abuses, and I’m sorry that in this instance, my frustration got the best of me.
Another debate between the two candidates is scheduled to take place Thursday at noon at Bucks County Community College.
Wallace has previously been under fire for donating his millions to ultra-liberal organizations like Zero Population Growth (ZPG) — now Population Connection — which advocated for taxing families “to the hilt” for “the privilege of irresponsible breeding.”
He also gave $3 million to an organization sympathetic to convicted cop killer Mumia Abu-Jamal.
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