Corbett heckled at Philadelphia town-hall meeting

Protesters hold a banner at a town-hall meeting at the Art Museum. The event was ended 30 minutes early because of the disruption.
Protesters hold a banner at a town-hall meeting at the Art Museum. The event was ended 30 minutes early because of the disruption. (STEVEN M. FALK / Staff Photographer)
Posted: September 21, 2012

Gov. Corbett was repeatedly interrupted by protesters during a town-hall meeting Wednesday night at the Philadelphia Museum of Art organized by a talk-radio host.

WPHT's Dom Giordano ended the event a half-hour earlier than its planned 90 minutes when it became clear that Corbett could not answer questions without being shouted at inside Van Pelt Auditorium. Police removed more than 10 people from the meeting.

At one point, protesters interrupted the program for seven minutes. Groups unfurled banners and chanted against expanding the state prison system, "Fund education, not incarceration."

There were shouts against Corbett's support of Marcellus Shale drilling, his cuts in welfare, and his signing of a death warrant for Terrance Williams, who is to be executed Oct. 3.

Giordano asked Corbett about GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney's comment that 47 percent of Americans did not pay taxes or take responsibility for their lives.

Other Republicans on Wednesday responded by attacking President Obama for a statement he made in 1998 about favoring redistribution of wealth. But Corbett stuck with a familiar refrain.

"The vast majority of people, I don't think they can say they are better off today than they were four years ago," Corbett said.


Contact Robert Moran at 215-854-5983 or bmoran@phillynews.com, or follow on Twitter @RobertMoran215.

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