PoliticsPA's Alex Roarty reports from the latest in what seems like an endless series of debates between Democratic gubernatorial hopefuls. This one, sponsored by the League of Women Voters in Harrisburg, was noteworthy, Roarty writes, because of Allegheny County Executive Dan Onorato's various stumbles. He's still the front-runner with a significant financial advantage, but he didn't look good:
The first moment came in the first minutes of the debate, moderated by WITF’s Nell Abom. In a move that was a significant departure from the type of questions asked during earlier debates and forums, she asked the chief executive to pick one of his opponents and ask him a question of his own.
Onorato, clearly caught off guard and flustered, took nearly 20 second to determine whom to choose and what question to ask. He finally asked Auditor General Jack Wagner what steps he would take in response to the federal government’s decision Tuesday to reject proposed tolls along Interstate 80.
Later, after fending off aggressive questions from state Senator Anthony Williams about ending pay-to-play in state government, Onorato was asked to name one mistake he made during his time in public office. He responded that, with hindsight, there were a few economic development decisions he would have made differently.
The answer didn’t satisfy Abom.
“Just give folks one (example),” she said.
Said Onorato: “Let me think about it. I don’t have any regrets. I can’t think of one at this point in time.”
The full story is here.