Protesters disrupt Corbett’s town hall at Art Museum

Decarcerate PA disrupts Corbett appearance

September 19, 2012 | By Robert Moran, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER

Gov. Corbett was repeatedly interrupted by protesters representing a variety of interests during a town-hall meeting Wednesday night at the Philadelphia Museum of Art organized by a conservative talk-radio host.

WPHT's Dom Giordano ended the event a half-hour earlier than its planned 90 minutes when it became clear that Corbett could not answer questions without being shouted at inside the Van Pelt Auditorium. Police removed more than 10 people from the meeting.

At one point, protesters interrupted the program for seven minutes. Several groups unfurled banners and chanted against expanding the state prison system: "Fund education, not incarceration."

There were shouts against Corbett's support of Marcellus Shale drilling, his cuts in welfare, his funding of education, and his signing of a death warrant for Terrance Williams, who is to be executed Oct. 3.

Giordano asked Corbett about GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney's comment that "47 percent" of Americans did not pay taxes or take responsibility for their lives.

Other Republicans on Wednesday responded by attacking President Obama for a statement he made in 1998 about favoring "redistribution" of wealth. But Corbett avoided that line of attack and stuck with a familiar refrain.

"The vast majority of people, I don't think they can say they are better off today than they were four years ago," Corbett said.