Delco school nixes Biden campaign stop

(AP Photo/Madalyn Ruggiero)

October 26, 2010 1:17:25 PM PDT
A Democratic congressional candidate accused a Philadelphia-area school district of playing politics by canceling an event headlined by Vice President Joe Biden.

Biden is set to campaign Wednesday for Democrat Bryan Lentz in the home stretch of a close race for an open congressional seat. Lentz, a state representative, is facing Republican Pat Meehan, a former U.S. attorney.

Lentz's campaign signed a deal Friday to hold a rally at Radnor High School, but the plan unraveled, campaign manager Kevin McTigue said. He said the district previously allowed Democrat Hillary Rodham Clinton to campaign on school grounds during her presidential primary campaign.

"The school board doesn't have a problem hosting partisan events. The school board has a problem hosting this partisan event, because Republicans on the school board are worried about Pat Meehan," McTigue said. "It's absolutely outrageous that the vice president of the United States would be prevented from speaking at a public high school."

Five Republicans and four Democrats serve on the nine-member board. Seven agreed the rally should not be held during school hours, with students and staff expected to attend, according to board member Pattie Booker, a Republican.

"Using our kids as a backdrop for a campaign rally (is) totally inappropriate," Booker said.

The event will instead be held at a township-owned gym.


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