Pennsylvania Democratic congressional candidate Scott Wallace, who recently told his GOP opponent Republican representative Brian Fitzpatrick to “f*** off” as they debated in a synagogue, reputedly told a constituent that “dogs are smarter than police officers” at a campaign event in July.
Audio sent to The Washington Free Beacon allegedly records Wallace making the remark to a constituent. As the Free Beacon points out, “Wallace has been criticized by Rep. Fitzpatrick’s campaign as being anti-law enforcement, which Wallace’s campaign has denied. The two have sparred over law enforcement in advertisements.”
The Free Beacon wrote that the audio was received on Sunday and that the remark was recorded at a meet-and-greet at an office opening in Montgomery County. The anonymous sender of the tape told the Free Beacon they are an independent voter and had previously leaned toward voting for Wallace but changed their mind after hearing the remark.
The Free Beacon added, “Wallace was allegedly discussing gun control and school shootings with a constituent at the time the audio was recorded, particularly the subject of arming teachers. The resident who recorded the comments claims the constituent speaking to Wallace at the time alluded to how teachers are smarter than police officers, at which point Wallace made the comment that even dogs are smarter than police officers.”
When the Free Beacon asked Wallace’s campaign for comment, the campaign replied that it wanted a longer clip from the recorded exchange. The Free Beacon then enlightened Wallace’s campaign of the background of the exchange as reported by the person who recorded the exchange, prompting this statement from Zoë Wilson-Meyer, the communications director for Scott Wallace for Congress:
Conveniently, the Washington Free Beacon was unable to provide the full recording – instead relying on twelve seconds of audio from an unidentified time, date and place for their latest smear. This isn’t the first time Congressman Fitzpatrick’s campaign has engaged in shockingly unethical campaign tactics – this could even be courtesy of the staffer they sent to our events to pose as a reporter. This is yet another smear from Fitzpatrick and the conservative propaganda machine as they try to cling to a seat they are in real danger of losing. Scott has a deep respect for our law enforcement and has support from local and national law enforcement, including Bucks County Sheriff Milt Warrell and former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder.
The Free Beacon wrote in response: “Despite Wallace’s campaign alluding to Fitzpatrick’s campaign being behind the audio clip, this reporter does not know anyone who works for Fitzpatrick’s campaign and has never spoken to anyone from the campaign.”
As The Free Beacon notes, Fitzpatrick has been endorsed by the Bucks County Fraternal Order of Police (FOP), Montgomery County FOP, Pennsylvania State FOP, Bucks County District Attorney Matt Weintraub, Pennsylvania Professional Firefighters Association, International Association of Firefighters, Philadelphia Firefighters Union, and Bensalem Firefighters Union.
Wallace has been endorsed by Bucks County Sheriff Milt Warrell, Tullytown Borough Constable Mike Hammar, Hulmeville Borough Constable Michael Wasson, and Newtown Township Constable Ed Valenti.