Much Buzz About Scott Wagner, Pennsylvania’s Newly Endorsed Republican Gubernatorial Candidate
“Taking a page from the Philadelphia Eagles playbook, endorsed Republican gubernatorial candidate Scott Wagner is taking on the challenge of trying to be the one to win this year’s governor’s race with an underdog mentality.”
Saturday, 2018 gubernatorial candidate Scott Wagner was endorsed by the Republican Party of Pennsylvania, and the chatter-sphere is humming. Here’s what they’re saying:
PennLive: “Taking a page from the Philadelphia Eagles playbook, endorsed Republican gubernatorial candidate Scott Wagner is taking on the challenge of trying to be the one to win this year’s governor’s race with an underdog mentality.
Wagner, who was first elected to the state Senate representing York County through a write-in campaign after railing against the party establishment, said he still doesn’t consider himself part of the establishment. Instead, he sees himself as someone with 40 years of private sector experience who has spent four years inside state government and knows the issues it faces and how it operates right down to where the main water shutoff valve and breaker box are.
Wagner easily captured the 170 votes needed on Saturday to win the gubernatorial endorsement over retired Allegheny County health care executive Paul Mango, who ended up being the only other Republican vying for the party’s backing.
Wagner said as governor, he will work with Democrats to solve the state’s opioid crisis. He called for cutting regulations on businesses and making the tax system more favorable to job creators, fixing schools by investing in classrooms and teachers but holding them accountable, retraining workers to address the skilled labor crisis, and eliminating property taxes.” (PennLive, 2/10/18)
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: “Coming into the party’s winter gathering at the Hershey Lodge, Mr. Wagner was a prohibitive favorite. He’d won five out of six straw polls held around the state, and led his rivals in fundraising as well. The departure of Mr. Turzai, a distant second-place finisher, left Mr. Wagner with a nearly clear field for the endorsement. He solidly bested Allegheny County healthcare consultant Paul Mango.” (Post-Gazette, 2/10/18)
The Associated Press: “Wagner, who got into the race more than a year ago and is largely self-financing his campaign, beat former health care systems consultant Paul Mango in the first round of voting…No GOP-endorsed candidate has lost Pennsylvania’s gubernatorial primary in 40 years.” (Associated Press, 2/10/18)
The York Dispatch: “State Sen. Scott Wagner and running mate Jeff Bartos received an endorsement Saturday, Feb. 10, from the Republican Party of Pennsylvania in support of Wagner’s bid for governor in 2018.
Wagner said he plans to invest in classrooms and teachers, retrain skilled laborers, cut regulations to create more jobs and reform the tax system.
Wagner has an edge on Republican competitors in campaign financing, with the largest cash balance of the campaign at $5,919,757.84 at the end of 2017.” (York Dispatch, 2/10/18)
The Sunbury Daily Item: “The endorsements — made a month before the deadline to file paperwork to get on the primary election ballot at the Republican State Committee’s winter meeting — were expected after both men performed well at regional caucus straw votes in recent weeks and come with the party’s financial support in the primary.” (Daily Item, 2/10/18)
WITF: “At its annual winter meeting Saturday, the Pennsylvania Republican Party endorsed York County state Senator Scott Wagner for governor. The hat-tip gives Wagner a powerful new talking-point as he attempts to unseat Democratic Governor Tom Wolf.” (WITF, 2/10/18)