Challenger Rooney Still Wants a Debate, Brings a Chicken

Republican candidate Joe Rooney speaks outside of Congresswoman Allyson Schwartz's Frankford Avenue office; calls her 'scared' for not wanting to debate.


Ardsley resident and Republican candidate for the 13th Congressional District Joe Rooney arrived outside Congresswoman Allyson Schwartz’s northeast Philadelphia office just before noon yesterday. As he placed campaign signs on the sidewalk, he jogged up the street to meet someone else in his campaign.

A woman wearing a yellow chicken suit.

Rooney had been to Schwartz’s Frankford Avenue office before. Last week he held a press conference in front of the office; he said he had been attempting to set up a debate with the incumbent since July.

It wasn’t happening though, Rooney said. According to Rooney, he met with Schwartz’s campaign manger during the July 4 parade in Norristown. Rooney said Schwartz’s camp could pick the venue and the moderator, but no one got back to Rooney.

“Since the summer I’ve been issuing press releases challenging her to come before the people to get to look at the issues,” Rooney said. “She’s completely ignoring the campaign.”

Rooney had harsh words for the incumbent.

“I don’t think she represents the people,” Rooney said. “She’s more like an elected princess. This isn’t a public servant, it’s a ruler.”

And Rooney had a chicken.

Rooney stood on the side of Frankford Avenue holding a large campaign sign; next to him was his daughter, dressed in a yellow chicken suit. The chicken’s sign read “Schwartz is a chicken.” The pair garnered a few honks. 

During his press conference yesterday in front of Schwartz’s office, Rooney attacked Schwartz’s record and called her “scared” and “too chicken” for not debating him. 

See what Rooney said in the video section above.

Schwartz was not at the Frankford Avenue office yesterday at noon. In response, Schwartz’s chief of staff Rachel Magnuson said the Representative is “actively working on behalf of her constituents and will continue to do so.”

When asked if there is a possibility that Schwartz and Rooney could debate, Magnuson said, “There will be several public forums in the future in which voters can hear both candidates’ viewpoints.” 

When pressed, she repeated the same line. 

Marc Lombardi October 18, 2012 at 05:08 PM
That's a bunch of B.S. Your vote matters whether it's for the winner or loser. Additionally, a vote does not lose significance in a later election because of the way you use it in this one. While I agree that Schwartz's apparent lack of caring to participate in any debate doesn't help her look good, I completely disagree that I should throw my support behind someone who disagrees with me on virtually every issue in order to send a message. I'd rather throw my support behind someone who will received 1% of the vote because I identify with their platform than vote for someone I don't agree with because they're more viable. THAT is when you are wasting your vote -- supporting someone whose ideals and politics do not mirror your own. We are voting for a representative, not a body. Thought should be put into where your vote is going.
Marc Lombardi October 19, 2012 at 02:48 PM
Looks like she failed to show. Looks like me decision not to vote for her remains valid.
Roman Garbiel On Meds October 20, 2012 at 03:49 PM
Oh Marc, I certainly apologize! I know now that so much of President Obama's presidency, and the vast majority of the debt those nasty republicans keep trying to blame him for, actually was due to the two wars Presiden Obama didn't start, that mr. bush did. But gosh golly, he sure is doing a great job of getting us out of them,yes sir ree bob! Anywho, he got Bin Ladin (even though in my clear headed state - i abhor violence, don't you know!)
Marc Lombardi October 22, 2012 at 06:09 PM
Wait a minute...I know a forum and a debate are two entirely different things (much like a Town Hall vs. a Debate) but why was this article written three days after both candidates spoke at the exact same place at the exact same time? http://montgomerynews.com/articles/2012/10/08/ambler_gazette/news/doc50734d3fbadaa615023066.txt
Marc Lombardi October 22, 2012 at 06:14 PM
You know what...here's the Patch article for the same event. http://abington.patch.com/articles/pa-13-candidates-face-off-in-forum It looks it wasn't even handled like a Town Hall meeting. Very odd. Especially where it mentions that Schwartz just leaves while Rooney is speaking.


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