OLD FORGE, LACKAWANNA COUNTY (WOLF) — There is controversy ahead of the polls.
One local State House candidate is in the hot seat after comments he made on Facebook resurfaced.
Republican Frank Scavo is running in the 114th District's Special Election next Tuesday. He's facing Democrat Bridget Malloy Kosierowski in a bid for late State Representative Sid Kavulich's vacancy.
However, he is also facing backlash.
"It is a kangaroo court type orchestration for political theatrics," Scavo said.
Thursday, Scavo lost his role as Old Forge School Board President. Board members voted five to three to remove him from that position. However, he still remains on the board because.
It comes after Facebook posts from Scavo's personal account offended some people. Many say the posts on his since-deleted personal page were Anti-Muslim.
"The one meme said 'a Jihadist Muslim with an IED is more dangerous than climate change,'" Scavo said.
Scavo says he deleted his personal Facebook page after he started to face backlash.
He wants to focus his attention on winning the election.
This week local state lawmakers issued a joint statement questioning Scavo's fitness to serve as a lawmaker...
It reads in part: We believe opinions like Scavo's cannot be ignored. They cannot be met with silence from our leaders.
State lawmaker, Marty Flynn, is one lawmaker who signed off on it.
"If you don't change your views or prove to the public you don't believe in conspiracy theories, like Pizzagate, or things that are so out of the realm of truth, your voters will hold you accountable," Flynn said.