There's a good reason Tom Wolf and Scott Wagner are from the same county and running for governor. York Daily Record


Alex Trebek did his homework before moderating the only debate to be held in the Pennsylvania governor's race. 

That was part of the problem. 

Twitter users jeered Trebek, the host of "Jeopardy!," for showing how much he knew about the state. 

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The bigger problem was that Trebek used too much of the debate on his own musings. In a debate between two candidates vying for the state's top job, too much time was spent on the moderator.

The Pennsylvania governor's race usually includes at least three debates. That's been a precedent, but not a rule, since 1990. 

This year, Gov. Tom Wolf, a Democrat who is ahead by 22 points in the latest Franklin & Marshall College poll, agreed to only one debate. His challenger, Republican Scott Wagner, wanted to debate in each of Pennsylvania's 67 counties. 

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State Sen. Scott Wagner is running for governor of Pennsylvania.

Trebek pointed out that debating in 67 counties was an unrealistic goal, but Wagner disagreed. 

The exchange was one that drew ire toward Trebek, who used up many of the 45 minutes on his own wit and at least one aside about the Pennsylvania priest abuse scandal. 

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In the only time Pennsylvania voters got to see the two candidates for governor debate the issues, critics said Trebek used too much of the time for himself, including a riff on the Catholic Church that lasted more than 1 minute.

Trebek said he grew up Catholic and that predatory behavior is everywhere - not just the Catholic church. He said it's found in government, sports and show business, too. 

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That brief lecture was one the audience could've lived without, with many people shaking their heads "no" as he talked. 

When the debate ended, Trebek was booed. 

Ryan Tarkowski, the communications director for the Pennsylvania State Police, tweeted, "Hearing A LOT of Alex Trebek tonight. Not sure I've ever heard a debate moderator talk so much." 

His tweet and others are below: 

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