October 09, 2017

No charges for man who asked if Pat Toomey's child kidnapped

Politics Courts
Sen. Pat Toomey Matt Slocum/AP

U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., smiles as he speaks to supporters during an election night event, early Wednesday morning, Nov. 9, 2016, in Breinigsville, Pennsylvania.

EASTON, Pa. — A man who was kicked out of a televised town hall for seeming to suggest Republican Pennsylvania U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey's daughter had been kidnapped won't face charges.

Democratic District Attorney John Morganelli said Monday that Simon Radecki's question to the senator was inappropriate but within the bounds of free speech.

Radecki asked Toomey at the Aug. 31 town hall to "confirm whether or not your daughter Bridget has been kidnapped."

Radecki said later he was only trying to make a point about how immigrant parents live in fear that children brought to the U.S. illegally will be deported.

Nothing happened to Toomey's daughter.

A Toomey spokesman calls Radecki's question "reprehensible" and "inherently threatening." But he says the senator accepts Morganelli's legal judgment.