PHILADELPHIA – If one candidate looked stiff during the debate, it wasn’t because he was nervous. He was made of cardboard.
The debate Tuesday on WTVE-TV among candidates for the presidency of the Philadelphia NAACP featured three figures sitting at a table – two people and a life-sized image of Thomas D. Logan propped up in a chair.
Logan had called before the debate to say that he couldn’t make it because of an undisclosed family emergency, but station officials said they felt he should be represented anyway.
“Mr. Logan committed to participating in this debate, and when he didn’t, well, we were prepared for that eventuality,” said Jim Sweeney, news director and acting general manager.
The three-dimensional candidates were local NAACP president J. Whyatt Mondesire, who is seeking a third two-year term, and community activist Joey Temple.
Logan has the backing of Mayor John F. Street, who is himself running for a seat on the NAACP’s executive board. Mondesire and Street are longtime political foes, and Mondesire has said a Logan win would mean City Hall running the city’s oldest civil-rights group.
There was no comment from Logan; attempts to reach him by phone after the broadcast were unsuccessful.
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