Tony Avallone, the Republican Candidate for Middeltown Township Committee, who is running in the upcoming June primary to unseat Middletown’s acting mayor Gerry Scharfenberger for the party line on the November ballot, has issued a challenge to the mayor. Avallone wants to debate him at a “Meet the Candidates Night” that he has proposed take place in the Town Hall courtroom on May 24th.
I understand that Mr. Avallone has sent the following letter of challenge to several media outlets and to Mr. Scharfenberger himself, in the hopes that he would feel obliged to agree and debate the issues that are of the most importance to residents such as lack fiscal responsibility and the looming $5M township budget deficit:
May 13, 2010
Letter to the Editor
With approximately 3 weeks left, before the Republican Primary for the Middletown Town Council elections, my email and voice mail have been flooded with inquiries as to when there will be a “Meet the Candidates Night”.
Mayor Scharfenberger, I propose we meet Monday May 24, 2010 at 7:30 pm in the Court Room at the Municipal Center. You have been Intellectually Dishonest with us the residents of Middletown, and I think it is very IMPORTANT that the voters understand the differences that you and I have.
We are almost 5 months into the year, with a projected budget deficit of $5m and still no budget. Why! This is completely fiscally irresponsible. I look forward to meeting with you on the 24th to discuss this subject, and many others, as we prepare for Middletown’s political make over.
Republican Candidate for Middletown Town Council
Word of advice to Mr. Avallone, don’t hold your breath.
It would be a cold day in hell before Gerry Scharfenberger agrees to stand in front of people and be questioned critically about anything that goes on in Middletown. Scharfenberger knows how to dish it, but he can’t take it !