HEMPFIELD TOWNSHIP, Pa. — A candidate for Hempfield Township supervisor says his opponent dragged his daughter into the campaign, embarrassing her in front of her classmates.
"He was in her class, and he had, 'just got done yelling at her,' was her quote to me," said Republican Rob Ritson.
Ritson claims his Democratic opponent, David Colecchia, berated his daughter while speaking to her class at Hempfield Area High School Thursday.
"It was embarrassing," Ritson said his daughter told him. "The whole room was quiet and he was yelling, saying, 'Your father is this, your father is that,' and it made me feel small."
Colecchia was a guest speaker in a class on civics and local politics.
The two are running for seats as Hempfield Township supervisors.
Incumbent Republican George Reese is also running, but wasn't involved in this exchange.
Ritson says his daughter asked a question and then Coleccchia fired back.
Colecchia declined an interview, but sent this statement:
The conflict mentioned is Ritson's job as chief of staff for Sen. Kim Ward.
"I don't see a conflict," Ritson told Channel 11.
The Westmoreland County Democratic Party says it's disassociating itself from Colecchia, posting a statement on Facebook: "We were uncomfortable having him associated with our committee. Today you can see that we were correct in our assessment."
Channel 11 contacted the Hempfield Area School District.
The superintendent said they're also investigating.
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