At least five of the seven Pennsylvania Republicans seeking the GOP Senate nomination declined to submit answers to the Philadelphia Inquirer’s multiple-choice quiz sent to candidates ahead of the newspaper’s formal approval process with a Monday deadline. .
The survey, obtained by The Federalist from Philadelphia attorney George Bochetto’s campaign, asked candidates questions designed to smear the candidates as conspiracy theorists or Republican heretics by offering binary choices on complicated topics.
The first of a 25-question multiple-choice section asks candidates ‘Who won the 2020 presidential election’, with ‘Joe Biden’ or ‘Donald Trump’ featured as the only two answers and no room to discuss the complexities of the contest with record attendance at form of postal voting monopolized by left-wing private actors.
The survey’s second multiple-choice question asked, “Was the riot inside the U.S. Capitol on January 6 ‘legitimate political speech’, with candidates presenting options for answering ‘yes’ or no” The question follows the media’s misrepresentation of the Republican National Committee’s censorship of two GOP representatives on the Jan. 6 Committee of Democrats to expand its reference to protesters engaged in “legitimate political speech” to those who launched an assault on the Capitol building.
After completing the Inquirer’s first seven open-ended questions, Bochetto wrote in a newspaper statement shared with The Federalist that he would refuse “to be trapped by ideologically worded questions that I am denied the ability to fully answer. “.
“As one of Pennsylvania’s premier news platforms,” Bochetto wrote, “I sincerely hope you reconsider the policy of denying candidates for the United States Senate the opportunity to be considered for endorsement. if they don’t want to submit to the spirit game being played with these multiple choice questions.
Other candidates flatly refused to submit answers to the Pennsylvania newspaper’s questionnaire.
“We have not submitted a response,” wrote the press team of David McCormick, a former hedge fund manager who recently polls show leads the race, in an email to The Federalist.
A spokesperson for former President Donald Trump’s ambassador to Denmark, Carla Sands, told The Federalist that the Philadelphia Inquirer’s Senate endorsement questionnaire “is both predictable and laughable.”
“The Inquirer’s loaded questions are a biased attempt to harm Republican candidates at the behest of its leftist owners and editors,” the campaign wrote to The Federalist. “Ambassador Carla Sands will not participate in this biased process, and she has no desire to receive the endorsement of a dying, leftist newspaper deeply out of touch with the people of Pennsylvania.”
Attorney Sean Gale also called the Inquirer a “left-liberal rag”.
“I don’t want their endorsement and I didn’t even look at their undoubtedly biased questionnaire before throwing it away,” Gale told The Federalist.
Kathy Barnette, a veteran, author and conservative political commentator, also told The Federalist that she dismissed the Inquirer’s investigation over her “politically motivated” questions.
Barnette complained that the newspaper was engaged in a double standard seeking to smear Republicans as enemies of the state after Democrats chanted for years during Trump’s tenure that the commander-in-chief was not “not my president”.
“I don’t remember the liberal media ever using this as a litmus test to marginalize people, to label people ‘insurgent’ during Trump’s tenure, when high profile people were saying ‘not my president.’ about President Trump,” Barnette says. “Now all of a sudden [it] is the first question of their multiple choice.
No representative for daytime TV star Dr. Mehmet Oz or Montgomery County real estate developer Jeff Bartos, who are also running for office, responded to inquiries from The Federalist. The Philadelphia Inquirer also did not respond to a request for comment.
Tristan Justice is the Western correspondent for The Federalist. He has also written for The Washington Examiner and The Daily Signal. His work has also been featured in Real Clear Politics and Fox News. Tristan is a graduate of George Washington University where he majored in political science and minored in journalism. Follow him on Twitter at @JusticeTristan or contact him at Tristan@thefederalist.com.