Republican state Sen. Doug Mastriano demanded that he and his opponent be able to pick moderators of their choice and field questions from both during the proposed debate on October 3 in front of Pennsylvania’s Chamber of Commerce. As a result, the debate between the candidates for governor of the Keystone State will not take place in front of the Pennsylvania Chamber of Commerce for the first time in decades.
Josh Shapiro, his opponent for the Democratic nomination for Attorney General, did not accept these terms. On Thursday night’s episode of “The Ingraham Angle,” Mastriano suggested that he was concealing something.
“I’m going to go around him in circles. This guy is a complete coward, “Mastriano said. “He won’t engage in a debate with me.”
Mastriano came up with the idea for the new format of the debate after he took issue with the chamber’s choice of moderator, veteran, and Emmy award-winning ABC27 local TV journalist Dennis Owens. Owens moderated the Democrat and Republican debates during the primary, including a debate in April that Mastriano took part in. Mastriano proposed the new format after he took issue with the chamber’s choice of moderator.