If I could talk to the animals

The Democratic gubernatorial hopefuls trekked out to the Farm Show this weekend. While a main theme of their Jefferson-Jackson Day luncheon speeches was whether or not to impose a natural gas severance tax, I did manage to ask some questions about the Farm Show itself.

Allegheny County Executive Dan Onorato chose to play it safe when I asked whether he had a favorite food at the event. Not wanting to offend the milkshake, potato doughnut or barbecue pork voting blocks, he said he liked “everything.”

Congressman Joe Sestak, who’s campaigning for Senate, also spoke at the luncheon. I broke off a line of questioning about homeland security reform in order to ask about his favorite Farm Show animal.

Finally, the prize for strangest answer goes to Montgomery County Commissioner Joe Hoeffel, who said he was there to “commune with the animals.”

I should also note that while he wasn’t there to campaign this weekend, Republican candidate for governor Sam Rohrer was spotted at the Farm Show eating a BBQ sandwich.

About pubradiopolitics
Scott covers state government and politics for Pennsylvania's public radio stations, including WITF in Harrisburg, WHYY in Philadelphia and WDUQ in Pittsburgh.

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