Saturday, July 13, 2013
From the Queens Chronicle:
Sparks flew between Queens borough president candidates state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) and Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. (D-Astoria) at a Monday forum in Jackson Heights.
The topic of the night was sustainability but it shifted briefly when Avella accused Vallone of receiving assistance via text messages from volunteer supporters at the forum at Community Methodist Church.
Avella later said he didn’t accuse Vallone of cheating, but thought Vallone and another borough president candidate, Councilman Leroy Comrie (D-St. Albans), who also had his phone out, should put them away.
“Even if you aren’t getting texted the answer, it’s rude,” Avella said at a later interview. “You are supposed to be listening. We were taking questions from the audience.”
Vallone said that he was tweeting and arranging with his daughter how she would get home.
“I would rather be engaging with the public [via twitter] than listen to Tony,” Vallone said during a later interview.
Wait...was he texting his daughter or engaging with the public on Twitter?