Sunday, December 21, 2014

Did DA Seth Williams just agree to debate his GOP opponent?

We told you earlier this week that District Attorney Seth Williams, a Democrat wrapping up his first term, had declined an invitation to debate Danny Alvarez, his Republican opponent in the Nov. 5 general election. Did all that just change?

Did DA Seth Williams just agree to debate his GOP opponent?

Republican Danny Alvarez wants to debate Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams, a Democrat, before the Nov. 5 general election.
Republican Danny Alvarez wants to debate Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams, a Democrat, before the Nov. 5 general election.

We told you earlier this week that District Attorney Seth Williams, a Democrat wrapping up his first term, had declined an invitation to debate Danny Alvarez, his Republican opponent in the Nov. 5 general election.  Did all that just change?

Alvarez tracked down Williams this morning at a diner in Lawncrest, where the incumbent was schmoozing voters while they enjoyed breakfast.  Alvarez pressed through the crowd to shake Williams' hand and ask: "Mr. Williams, when are you going to debate me?"

Williams didn't pay much attention and a campaign consultant did his best to shield the incumbent from the challenger.  Alvarez persisted, prompting Williams to say: "Dan, Dan, Dan, Dan, Dan...we will. We will. We will."  Williams then waved his hand, as if shooing Alvarez away.

The campaign consultant, William Miller V. says three times to Alvarez: "You'll get one."

Alvarez took all this as a "yes" to a debate. We're waiting on the Williams campaign to confirm that he plans to debate Alvarez.

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Chris Brennan, a native Philadelphian and graduate of Temple University, joined the Daily News in 1999. He has written about SEPTA, the Philadelphia School District, the legalization of casino gambling, state government, the mayor, the governor, City Council and political campaigns. E-mail tips to brennac@phillynews.com
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Jenny DeHuff is a 2005 graduate of the University of Rhode Island, where she cut her teeth in journalism. A South Philly transplant from New England, she joined the Daily News City Hall Bureau in 2013. For the past several years, she has worked as an investigative reporter exposing corruption in suburban politics, covering sometimes ghastly criminal court cases and following the people’s money and how its spent. In addition to being a dogged news hound, she enjoys reading and writing about travel, animals, Irish whiskey and aviation. E-mail tips to dehuffj@phillynews.com
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