A Pennsylvania Republican, Frank Scavo, who is seeking to win a special election seat next week, is responding to controversy Friday surrounding recently surfaced Facebook posts from his personal account.
<p>"They existed in 2015 [and] 2016 and one meme said 'a jihadist with an IED is more dangerous than climate change,'" he <a href="https://fox56.com/news/local/114th-district-candidate-frank-scavo-responds-to-backlash-over-facebook-posts">said</a> to local TV station Fox56 Friday in an effort to stave off the criticism. Then he added, "In 2015, that's what was going on."</p><p>But it may not be enough for the Lackawanna County lawmaker, as anger bubbles up in the community.</p><p>Already, Scavo has deleted the posts and made private his personal Facebook page. Still, according to Fox56, "this week local state lawmakers issued a joint statement questioning Scavo's fitness to serve.</p><p>But Scavo is taking a Trumpian view of the controversy, essentially calling it all a witch hunt.</p><p>"It is a kangaroo court type orchestration for political theatrics," Scavo told the news station Friday.</p><p>Earlier this week, Scavo was voted out as president of the Old Forge School Board as a result of the resurfaced social media posts.</p><p>"It's political bullying and it's a vendetta, and I'm not the first in the district to be attacked,” said Scavo Thursday.</p><p><em>The Intercept</em> ran a long <a href="https://theintercept.com/2019/03/08/pennsylvania-special-election-frank-scavo/">profile</a> on the lawmaker this week, in which they reveal some of his worst now deleted Facebook posts.</p><p>“ISLAMICS will use any excuse to kill!!!,” read one of Scavo’s Facebook posts from January, 2015,<em> The Intercept</em> reported.</p><p>Scavo is running in the 114th District's Special Election next Tuesday, facing Democrat Bridget Malloy Kosierowski in a bid for late State Representative Sid Kavulich's vacancy, Fox56 reported.</p><p>Watch the segment <a href="https://fox56.com/news/local/114th-district-candidate-frank-scavo-responds-to-backlash-over-facebook-posts">here</a>.</p>
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