You can find videos of last night’s debate between Laura Albanese and Paul Ferreira on the WestonWeb YouTube channel. (The videos are uploading now, and should be done by Friday morning.)
I apologize for the quality of the videos and audio; it was a bit of a gong show around my house last night. I had to make do with my little camera and a seat in the audience.
The debate was often very spirited. The politicians’ supporters heckled, booed, cried ‘Shame!’, and called their opponents liars. At least one supporter was escorted from the meeting. The result was, well, not exactly a frank discussion of the candidates’ ideas.
At one point, the moderator had to ask for calm, and a representative of the Learning Enrichment Foundation had to remind the audience that the LEF “has been for years a place of open dialogue, questions, and respectful discussion.” He went on, in a voice filled with emotion, “I would ask that here, where people come to learn, and come to turn their lives around, that respect be shown.”
I am sorry to say that the heckling restarted only shortly later.