Wednesday, May 27, 2015

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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William Bender, a Drexel graduate who landed at the Daily News in 2007, has covered everything from South Philly mobsters to doomsday hucksters. He occasionally writes about local food trucks and always eats everything on his plate, whether it be a bloody rib eye or a corrupt politician. E-mail tips to benderw@phillynews.com
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David Gambacorta, has been a reporter with the Daily News since 2005, covering crime, police corruption and all of the other bizarre things that happen in Philadelphia. Now he’s covering the 2015 mayor’s race, because he enjoys a good circus just as much as the next guy. He’s always looking to get a cup of coffee. Send news tips and other musings on life to gambacd@phillynews.com
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