State Sen. Scott Wagner

 What They Are Saying About the Pennsylvania Governor’s Race as the First Month of 2018 Comes to a Close

“No one has generated as much early buzz in Pennsylvania’s 2018 elections as Wagner”


 

The Philadelphia Inquirer’s Andrew Seidman: “No one has generated as much early buzz in Pennsylvania’s 2018 elections as Wagner, the millionaire owner of a waste-management company who declared his candidacy for governor a full year ago, less than three years after winning a special Senate election on a historic write-in campaign.”  (Philadelphia Inquirer, 1/10/18)

Philadelphia Magazine’s Holly Otterbein: “Scott Wagner is winning…

“In a few short years, Wagner has gone from having zero experience in government to grabbing a state Senate seat to seizing the first-place spot…

“His rapid ascent to power is the result of many factors: his nerve, his bank account, the fact that he’s a businessman in an era in which many voters see career politicians as lower than single-celled organisms…

“Wagner also has political intuition. He recognized, when few others did, that GOP voters are disillusioned with mainstream Republicans, whom they see as squishy on everything from immigration to spending cuts…

“Wagner’s charm offensive is fairly convincing, especially if you’re already inclined to believe that government is unkind to business…

“On the campaign trail, Wagner likes to talk most of all about jobs. If you believe the market needs to be unleashed in Pennsylvania, he argues, there’s no one better to set it free than a successful CEO…

“Still, according to litmus testers on the right, such as the American Conservative Union Foundation, Wagner is among the more conservative Republicans in the Senate…

“Of course, what makes Wagner hated by unions is the very thing that has earned him hero status among many Tea Party activists. Some of his fiscal positions also enjoy widespread support: He’s campaigning to eliminate school property taxes, a change that 54 percent of state voters supported in a ballot question in 2017…

“Wagner’s knee-jerk transparency endears him to the press: He’s a headline machine, after all.” (Philadelphia Magazine, 1/20/18)

The Daily Caller’s Jack Crowe: “The blue collar business mogul is currently leading the Republican field. He won 40-78 votes cast in a straw poll of GOP state committee members from five southeastern counties that typically cast the deciding votes in Pennsylvania elections…

“State Sen. Scott Wagner, Republican frontrunner in the Pennsylvania gubernatorial contest has established a reputation as a brash and aggressive outsider bent on bringing a CEO’s efficiency to Harrisburg…

“The business owner has a record of vigorously campaigning against the interests of union bosses, a group he’s familiar with due to his long career in waste management.”  (The Daily Caller, 1/21/18)

PennLive’s Jan Murphy: “Scott Wagner continues to build on his lead in his bid for the Republican Party’s endorsement for governor as did his running mate Jeff Bartos for lieutenant governor…

“Wagner, who was the first Republican to jump in the gubernatorial contest, also cleaned up in the Central, Northeast and Northeast Central regional caucuses’ straw votes held earlier this month. Combined with those results, it gives Wagner 131 votes to be the candidate of the party’s choice to Turzai’s 62, Mango’s 13 and Ellsworth’s 2.” (PennLive, 1/20/18)

Political Strategist, Charlie Gerow: “In my four decades of being involved in Pennsylvania government, I can’t remember anything that even closely resembles Scott Wagner and what he’s done politically. There certainly have been wealthy guys who entered into the process, and there have certainly been folks who have attempted to do what Scott Wagner is doing. But no one has had the staying power that he has.” (Philadelphia Magazine, 1/20/18)

The York Dispatch’s Editorial Board: “Now, however, Wolf appears to be backtracking, and Wagner is right to pounce.” (York Dispatch, 1/2/18)

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